Pinellas teenager arrested after accidentally shooting friend with stolen gun

SEMINOLE, Fla. (WFLA) – Crimes Against Children Unit detectives arrested a 17-year-old boy Saturday after he accidentally shot his friend in the back with a handgun.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office said deputies responded to a home on 60th Terrace North, where they found three other boys at the home.

The victim told deputies that he was accidentally shot by one of his friends.

The 17-year-old told deputies that the shooting was a result of a home invasion robbery attempt and they did not know who shot the victim.

Deputies determined the boys were smoking marijuana at the home when the 17-year-old started playing with a handgun.

The gun accidently discharged and the bullet struck the victim in the back.

Detectives found the gun underneath a pillow at the home.  It had been stolen during a burglary in Seminole in December.

The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with delinquent in possession of a firearm, delinquent in possession of ammunition, culpable negligence, resisting officer with violence and a felony charge of violation of probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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