June 14, 2014 8:17 pm -

A University of California, Santa Barbara student was arrested Tuesday after he accidentally fired a handgun through his Isla Vista apartment wall and through the residence next door, narrowly missing shooting his neighbor, police said.

Kevin Tym, 21, had high-capacity assault rifle magazines, seven legally owned guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

The misfired 9-mm. bullet just missed the unsuspecting neighbor, police said. Tym told cops he was playing with his Glock 17 pistol when he accidentally fired the weapon.

The shooting happened just hours before thousands gathered for a vigil on the UCSB campus to remember the six people Rodger killed in his rampage last week.

Tym, who told the Daily News he is a competitive shooter and keeps the guns and ammo for training and tournaments, admitted the accident was “really poor timing.”

“Obviously, I’m very sorry about the whole thing,” he told The News. “It was a stupid mistake and I should have knew better.



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  1. edmeyer_able June 14th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Just another member of that well regulated militia.

    • Anomaly 100 June 14th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Why does a 21-year-old need 1,000 rounds of ammo?

      • mea_mark June 14th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Different guns use different rounds and if he had a .22 cal that ammo is often sold in lots of 500 rounds. We don’t really know what kind of ammo he had or how often he went shooting.

        • Anomaly 100 June 14th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

          It seems like overkill to me.

          • Yeah way June 16th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

            Maybe so, but you are obviously not a sport shooter.
            Most ammo is sold in bulk these days, since the price has skyrocketed in the past few years.
            Not just .22LR, which is sold generally 500 in a brick, but also many types of 30 cal, especially surplus 7.62, which is sold in a crate of around 12-1400. >223, perhaps THE most popular sport shooting round, is similar to 5.56mm, which is *gasp* a military round!

            But high powered? Naw. 5.556 was developed for VietNam for soldiers to carry more ammo – it’s a light, medium power cartridge. In fact, it’s not powerful enough to hunt deer in all Canadian provinces and most states. Whether anyone here cares for the truth or not – there it is.

            I think it is enough to point out the careless unintentional dis-charge, that could have been deadly, without the need for baseless fear-mongering about “1000 rounds” (that’s NOTHING!).

            I see the media has learned their lesson: they cannot truthfully call an AR-15 as ‘assault rifle’, because that’s lying. But they CAN seem now to get away with “assault rifle magazines”.

            Good grief. Is there no end to the anti-gun bias in your media down there??

            Just ONCE, I’d love to see an article written by someone who has even the first CLUE about the shooting sports.

            “Oooh, 6 guns!”.

            Gee, I wonder how many tennis racquets Andre Agassi had??
            How many guitars does Clapton own?
            Your wife’s shoes?

            I mean, how many do you NEED, right?


          • Yeah way June 16th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

            I guess if he has “assault rifle magazines!” in his civilian sporting rifle, I can say I have “racing car gas!” in my Volvo, lol?

        • Dwendt44 June 14th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          But 500 round bricks of .22 ammo is largely plinking ammo, not used for any competitive shooting.

          • Yeah way June 16th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            Nonsense. There is 22 cal competitive shooting around the world.

            And the 22LR round should be taken just as seriously as any other. It is a lethal round.

            No firearm is more dangerous than another, no matter what it’s chambered in. It all comes down to the person wielding it.l

        • edmeyer_able June 15th, 2014 at 7:06 am

          It’s actually quite common now to buy rounds in those numbers. As mentioned .22 and certain other calibers have become scarce on the shelves of sporting goods stores and when they do become available will be purchased in what 5 or 6 years ago would be considered by most to be ridiculous amounts.

  2. Kimberly B Stone June 14th, 2014 at 8:35 pm


    • Brian Buchanan June 30th, 2014 at 2:16 am

      not like you, you’re just plain fucking dumb.

  3. r_dale June 15th, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Another “responsible gun owner.”

  4. Shades June 15th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Did he actually use the word “playing” and, if so, WTF?