Hialeah

Man charged after mishandling gun, fatally shooting 19-year-old in Hialeah

A man was arrested Sunday in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man in Hialeah.

Hialeah Police charged Josue Sanchez, 20, with manslaughter after he mishandled his gun and shot Lazaro Martinez in the hip at a parking lot at 3051 W. 76th St. Friday night.

Police said Sanchez, Martinez and a third person were smoking marijuana in Sanchez’s car when Sanchez let Martinez look at his gun.

Sanchez told police he removed the magazine and the round in the chamber from the Jimenez Arms 9 mm and then placed the magazine back before handing over the gun.

Martinez and the other person then took photos while posing with the firearm.

When he took the gun back, Sanchez pulled the trigger, shooting Martinez in the hip. He told police he did not know the gun had a round in the chamber.

Sanchez and the witness took Martinez to Palmetto Hospital. He was then transported to Ryder Trauma Center, where he died early Saturday morning.

Sanchez was charged with manslaughter for displaying a “reckless disregard for the safety of other while being under the influence of narcotics while handling a firearm,” the police report said.

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