Kevin Tym, 21, was playing with his legally owned Glock 17
9mm handgun on Tuesday afternoon in his Isla Vista, California
apartment when he accidentally fired the gun, the Santa Barbara
County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement said the bullet pierced his neighbor's wall and
ricocheted off a television set barely missing the resident
Police searched Tym's apartment and found 7 legally-owned
firearms, roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and high capacity
assault rifle magazines, the statement said. All the guns and
bullets were taken by police, and Tym was arrested for negligent
discharge of a firearm and possession of high capacity
magazines. He is being held on $2,500 bail, the statement said.
Last Friday, the Isla Vista community was the scene of a deadly
shooting rampage launched by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who
killed six university students and injured over a dozen more.
The University of California at Santa Barbara, which is headed
into its final exams, canceled classes on Tuesday for a day of
The Sheriff's statement did not indicate that these two
incidents were connected.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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