Good Guy With A Gun Nearly Kills Santa Barbara Neighbor On Eve Of Shooting Vigil
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.