BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after a stray bullet grazed a child on Interstate 95 who was on his way to a birthday party.

  • Man accused of firing stray bullet that grazed child on I-95
  • 9-year-old child struck in head on Sunday
  • Deputies say the shooting was accidental

Justin Trayshod Weaver, of Cocoa, had been shooting a rifle on Tucker Lane, near the interstate, when a bullet struck a pickup truck traveling southbound, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

The truck was full of passengers who told authorities that they heard popping noises. At first, they thought it was a tire popping, they said. 

It turned out to be a bullet striking the back passenger window.

The bullet shattered the and grazed a child's head, deputies said. Two other people inside the vehicle were injured by shattered glass.

The driver pulled off at the Fiske Boulevard exit after noticing the child was injured.

The 9-year-old was flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. Deputies said the child's injuries were not life-threatening.

The shooting was determined to be accidental. Weaver did not intentionally aim at the vehicle, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Tod Goodyear.

"It was very close to being a fatal incident," Goodyear said.

According to Weaver's arrest report, he came out to Tucker Lane to target-practice with his girlfriend.

Autaz Smith, a good friend of Weaver's, said people need to stop going to that location to target practice.

"He (Weaver) is not a bad guy. It was a mistake," Smith said. "He should have gone to the gun range."

Weaver was booked into the Brevard County Jail on a $4,000 bond and bonded out Monday afternoon. He faces multiple charges, including culpable negligence inflicting harm, five counts of culpable negligence exposure to harm and discharging a firearm in public.

Spectrum News 13 reporter Krystel Knowles contributed to this story.