18-year-old charged in accidental shooting of friend in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH — Police on Tuesday charged a Vero Beach man with accidentally shooting and wounding a friend last week.

Michale Marin, 18, of the 4100 block of 16th Street, Vero Beach, was charged with misdemeanors for culpable negligence and improper exhibition of a weapon. He posted $2,000 bail Tuesday.

The teenage victim was treated at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce. According to the complaint affidavit, the bullet passed through his abdomen and intestines.

The shooting happened at Marin's apartment about 7 p.m. Friday. He and two other friends told detectives they were watching television and smoking marijuana when Marin started talking about his 9 mm handgun, according to the complaint affidavit. He told investigators he had owned the gun for a couple of weeks but had not fired it previously.

Marin was showing the victim how the gun worked, according to the affidavit. Marin said he passed the gun with the safety on, but his friend may have taken the safety off while handling it unbeknownst to him, he told detectives. When Marin took the gun back, he squeezed the trigger and fired the bullet, the affidavit states.

The three friends got into Marin's car and drove out of the apartment complex to 14th Street , police said. An Indian River County Sheriff's deputy said Marin's Honda Civic passed through a red light on U.S. 1. He stopped the Civic in the 1200 block of U.S. 1, police said. As he approached the car, Marin put out both hands through the driver's window and held the handgun in one of them, the affidavit states. The deputy ordered Marin to drop the gun and placed him in handcuffs. The front-seat passenger told the deputy he had been shot, police said.

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