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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-336

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 15, 2016
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    Grandmother Is Accidentally Shot

    One of the teenage children came home with a gun.
    • Friday
    • July 15, 2016
    • Time: 12:03 AM
    • 8202 Pinehurst Circle
    • Tampa, Florida


    Carolyn Wright (Grandmother)
    DOB: 3-31-65
    8202 Pinehurst Circle


    At approximately 12:03 on July 15, 2016 deputies responded to what appears to be an accidental shooting at 8202 Pinehurst Circle in Tampa.

    Several people reside at the residence (Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Daughter, 2 Brothers and 4 children (ages 17,15,13 and 8) belonging to the daughter).  One of the teenage children came home with a gun and their mother discovered the gun and took it away from them. She unloaded the weapon and thought it was empty, but there was still one round in the chamber.  She accidentally fired the weapon striking her mother in the upper body.  The Grandmother expired at the scene.   One of the teenagers panicked, picked up the gun and ran down the street where they threw the gun into a storm drain.  The gun has been recovered. Detectives are investigating to determine where the gun came from.
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