Matteo accidentally fired the Sig Sauer pistol, which struck a 12-year-old girl in a passing car. The bullet penetrated the door and struck her in the right upper arm. Her younger brother, who was riding in the back seat, was unharmed.
Startled by the gunshot, Matteo then discharged a second bullet into his left thigh.
The girl was treated at the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and is expected to recover. The Sentinel said that Matteo is scheduled for surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center and is also expected to recover.
Charges have not been filed against Matteo. Detectives declined to comment as to whether they intend to pursue a case against him.
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