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Florida teen playing with gun accidentally shoots, kills friend

Posted at 9:33 AM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 09:33:18-04

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff deputies have detained a 15-year-old boy who they say shot a teenager dead as he played with a handgun.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says charges against the teen are pending for the fatal shooting but he was wanted on other charges.

Deputies say the 15-year-old was sitting in a car listening to music with an 18-year-old and another man in a driveway in Bradenton, Florida, early Friday.

The other man told deputies the 15-year-old started playing with a handgun, when the weapon went off and struck the 18-year-old in the head.

Deputies say the 15-year-old fled the scene but was detained Saturday.