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Teen accidentally shot by friend, report says

A Seminole teenager was transported by helicopter to a local hospital Sunday after his 16-year-old friend accidentally shot him in the abdomen, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

The two boys had just finished baseball practice and went to the home of Matthew Emerick, 16, in the 9000 block of 134th Way N.

No parents were at the house, authorities said, and about 4:20 p.m. Emerick was showing his friend, Andrew Mills, 14, a .22-caliber rifle and accidentally shot Mills in the midsection.

Neighbors collected on the lawns as emergency responders arrived. And soon a helicopter hovered overhead and landed on the otherwise quiet suburban streets.

Mills was flown by helicopter to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Mills is a freshman pitcher for Seminole High School, although the practice the two boys had attended was for a club league.

Emerick's family would not comment on the shooting. Seminole baseball coach Jeff Pincus said Mills "was a big part of what we were trying to do this season. Our hope is that he'll make a full recovery and join us on the bench as soon as he is able."

No charges will be filed against Emerick. Deputies ruled the shooting an accident.

Teen accidentally shot by friend, report says 03/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:08pm]
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