Gun Owner Accidentally Shoots Girl, Himself

| by Michael Allen

Ventura Matteo was showing a friend how to clean a gun last Friday when he accidentally fired a bullet that hit a 12-year-old girl in a passing car.

Seconds later, Matteo accidentally shot himself.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Matteo was giving a friend a gun-safety lesson in his Orlando, Fla. garage.

After accidentally shooting the girl, who was hit in the right upper arm, Matteo fired another a bullet into his left thigh.

Initially, the girl's father, who was driving the car she was in, didn't realize she had been shot, notes

Matteo and the girl were taken to local hospitals. Both are expected to recover.

According to a police report, Matteo won't be charged because there was no criminal intent. Nor will he be charged with reckless endangerment.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel and