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Florida boy finds gun in storm drain, mistakenly fires it near hospital

The emergency room entrance of Manatee Memorial Hospital.
The emergency room entrance of Manatee Memorial Hospital. TIFFANY TOMKINS-CONDIE

A boy accidentally fired a gun after his father spotted it in a storm drain near Manatee Memorial Hospital on Friday morning, according to Bradenton police.

Police responded to reports of gunfire at 9:20 a.m. at the downtown Bradenton hospital.

Police spokesman Lt. James Racky said a driver was stopped in traffic near the intersection of Manatee Avenue East and First Street when he spotted a gun in the storm drain and asked his son to get out of the car to pick it up. Racky said he didn't know the boy's age.

As the man was pulling his car into the hospital parking lot to wait for his son, the gun accidentally fired and hit the storm drain, Racky said. The two drove home with the gun and stopped as soon as they saw a patrol vehicle to hand the gun over to police.

The story was consistent with initial reports from the hospital about a gunshot, and their vehicle matched the description of the one leaving the scene.

No one was injured and no damage was reported.

Officers were questioning the man at the police station, but police Capt. William Fowler said no charges were expected in the case.

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