Christmas Eve family spat turns deadly after brother shoots sister

 December 28, 2023

A Florida family's Christmas Eve turned fatal, leaving a family member dead and one injured after a holiday brawl over presents. 

According to ABC News, a family spat turned deadly after a pair of brothers, 14 and 15, eventually fired off rounds from pistols they produced.

One of the brothers, who was apparently jealous of how many Christmas gifts his older brother received after shopping with their mother, ultimately shot his older sister in the chest and killed her.

The oldest brother, 15, confronted the brother who had just shot their sister and ultimately shot him in the stomach. He's in stable condition at a local hospital.

What happened?

The spat began while the teens were shopping with their mother. The argument spilled over to when the teens were at their grandmother's house, and the older sister, Abrielle Baldwin, 23, attempted to break it up.

ABC News noted:

The 14-year-old then allegedly produced a pistol and pointed it at his older brother, declaring that he was going to shoot him in the head and attempting to get his brother to fight him, which the older brother refused to do. Their uncle, who was also in the home, then separated the brothers and took the younger brother out into the driveway, according to Gualtieri.

Baldwin stepped in and demanded the brothers quit fighting, given that it was Christmas.

Her line of reasoning escalated the argument, which resulted in the 14-year-old threatening to shoot her as she was holding an infant child.

He then shot her in the chest, and she later died at the hospital.

ABC News noted:

The 15-year-old then walked outside the home with another firearm and allegedly shot his younger brother in the stomach because he had shot their sister. He then left the scene, tossed the firearm into a nearby yard and fled to a relative's house, Gualtieri said.

Charges filed

Both teens now face serious charges, according to local authorities.

The 14-year-old, who shot and killed Baldwin, faces "first-degree murder, child abuse and being a delinquent in possession of a firearm" charges.

The 15-year-old, who shot his younger brother, was "charged with attempted first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence."

Both brothers reportedly have extensive criminal histories, ranging back to early childhood. They have reportedly been involved in multiple car burglaries, which is where police believe they obtained their handguns used in the shootings.

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