Florida man accidentally shoots passing 12-year-old, then immediately shoots himself

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:44 EDT
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A Florida man claims he was showing a friend how to clean a gun when he discharged the weapon and struck a 12-year-old girl in a passing car, then accidentally shot himself.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that 60-year-old Ventura Santos Matteo was in his garage on Friday when his gun-safety demonstration went awry.

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.

[Hat-tip to TPM]

[Image: "Man Pointing A Gun" via Shutterstock]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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