UCSB Student Arrested for Firing Gun Inside Isla Vista Apartment

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A 21-year-old student at UC Santa Barbara was arrested Tuesday after allegedly firing a gun through the wall of his Isla Vista apartment narrowly missing his neighbor, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday.

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Deputies were called to the apartment in the 6500 block of Pardall Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a new release from the department.

When they arrived, deputies discovered that a bullet had been shot through the wall from a neighboring apartment, deflected off a TV stand and lodged in the adjacent wall, the release stated.

The victim’s neighbor, Kevin Tym admitted to deputies that he was playing with his Glock 17 handgun and accidentally fired a 9mm round through the wall, according to the release.

During a search of Tym’s apartment, deputies found seven firearms and approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition, the release stated. All of the firearms were legally owned, authorities said.

In addition, the student was also in possession of high capacity assault rifle magazines, according to the release.

Tym was arrested and booked on suspicion of the negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of high capacity magazines.

His bail was set at $2,500.

The arrest comes just five days after alleged killer Elliot Rodger’s shooting and stabbing rampage that left six UCSB students dead and 13 others injured.

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