Seminole Teen Accused of Accidentally Shooting Friend, Sheriff Says
The 17-year-old victim suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to sheriff’s deputies.
SEMINOLE – A 17 year old is charged with accidentally shooting a friend in the back with a handgun, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim, also 17, was not identified. Deputies said he was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Jacob P. McMann, 17, of 10274 54th Ave. N in uincorporated Seminole, was charged with one count each of delinquent in possession of a firearm, delinquent in possession of ammunition, culpable negligence, resisting an officer without violence (obstruction), and felony violation of probation. Deputies said he was on probation for a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Deputies said they were called to a house at 11439 60th Ter. N in unincorporated Seminole, about 11:15 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14) because of a report that a 17-year-old boy had been shot in the back with a handgun. Deputies found four boys at the house. The victim told them he was accidentally shot by one of his friends at the house.
McMann told deputies that the shooting was a result of a home invasion robbery attempt and the boys did not know who shot the other teen. Deputies said they talked with the other boys and found they were smoking marijuana when McMann started playing with a handgun he had in his possession. The handgun accidentally discharged and the bullet struck the victim in the back.
The Berretta .45 caliber handgun used in the shooting was found hidden under a couch pillow at the residence, deputies said. The gun was reported stolen, they said, after a Dec 9 residential burglary in Seminole.
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