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Boy accidentally shot with BB gun

A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the back of the neck with a BB gun Sunday during an early morning hunting trip with his father and a friend, according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports.

Matthew "Bubba" Branch was hunting rabbit with his father, Paul Branch, and a friend, 13-year-old Tim Kershaw, about 8 a.m. in the woods near the Branch family's Dade City home, authorities say.

Tim tripped and fell, discharging his gun, and the BB hit Matthew in the back of the neck, reports say. The BB penetrated the skin but did not cause serious injury, according to reports.

Matthew was treated at Dade City Hospital and released.

3 charged in shots

at car on U.S. 19

PORT RICHEY _ Three people were charged Sunday after a pellet gun was shot from their car at another moving car on U.S. 19.

According to Sheriff's Office reports, Steve Frank Burkart, 17, of 12503 Smokey Drive in Hudson fired 10 shots from a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jason Mark Domagala, 18, of 7321 Pursley Drive in New Port Richey.

Burkart hit the car twice, reports said, but no one was injured.

Officials say Burkart threw the gun out the passenger-side window when deputies tried to pull the truck over.

He was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and was taken the Pasco County Juvenile Detention Center. Domagala was being held at the Pasco County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Another passenger, Chris Fiore, 20, of 14636 Little Ranch Road in Spring Hill also was charged. He was released Monday on his own recognizance.

Drugs, gun in car

lead to man's arrest

DADE CITY _ Sheriff's deputies stopped a Zephyrhills man early Sunday morning in connection with a reported shooting in the area and found a stolen handgun, a large bag of marijuana and several stolen credit cards in his car, reports said.

James Harmon Bingham, 19, of 37710 Oak Run was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, dealing in stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Deputies said they found plastic bags, rolling papers, a finger scale, a bowl pipe and a balance scale in Bingham's car.

Bingham had a driver's license with his picture and the name "Edwards" on it. Two open beer cans were under his car seat.

He was charged with unlawful use of a driver's license and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bingham was being held at the Pasco County Jail in lieu of $44,000 bail.

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