No charges in case of accidental shooting of young girl


ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police will not file charges against a man they said accidentally fired his gun twice, hitting a 12-year-old girl in the arm and then shooting himself.

According to police, Ventura Mateo Santos was in the garage at his Le Mesa Street home showing a friend how to clean a gun, when he accidentally fired the Sig Sauer P223 handgun. The bullet hit a passing car and went into the arm of the young girl, who was a passenger in the car.

Police said that just after firing the first shot, Santos accidentally fired the gun again, hitting himself in the leg and shattering his left thigh bone.

Police said Santos did not know he had shot the young girl, but believed that the first bullet went into the floor of his garage.

Neither Santos nor the girl suffered a life-threatening injury, police said.

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