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14-032 Accidental Shooting Under Investigation In Seminole After 14-Year-Old Shot In Abdomen

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit

Andrew Mills (Victim)
DOB: 7/6/1999
Address: 10798 119th Street North, Seminole

Matthew Emerick (Juvenile Who Shot Victim)
DOB: 8/20/1997
Address: 9501 134th Way North, Seminole

What:
Detectives are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in Seminole. The juvenile victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No charges will be filed against the juvenile who shot the gun.

Where:
The incident occurred at a private residence located at 9501 134th Way North in Seminole.

When:
The incident occurred on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m.

How/Why:
Pinellas County Detectives are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in Seminole that occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at a private residence located at 9501 134th Way North in Seminole.

According to detectives, the victim, 14-year-old Andrew Mills and his friend 16-year-old Matthew Emerick came to Matthew’s home after baseball practice on Sunday afternoon. While they were in the house, Matthew came into a room where Andrew was to show him a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. While Matthew was showing Andrew the rifle he accidentally shot Andrew in the abdomen. Andrew was transported to a local hospital via Bayflite with non-life threatening injuries.

No adults were home at the time of the incident. No charges will be filed against the Matthew Emerick.

The investigation continues.

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