Isla Vista resident and UC Santa Barbara student Kevin Tym is facing a negligent discharge of a firearm charge after deputies say he shoot a bullet into his neighbor's apartment, just days after gun violence took the lives of three IV residents and injured several others.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened Tuesday afternoon on the 6500 block of Pardall Road.
Deputies say they arrived at the apartment complex and found that a bullet had been shot through the wall from a connecting apartment, deflected off of a TV stand and lodged into the adjacent wall, narrowly missing the resident inside.
Deputies went to 21-year-old Tym’s apartment and say he admitted that he was playing with his legally owned handgun and accidentally fired a Glock 17, 9mm round through his neighbor’s wall.
Investigators say they found a total of seven firearms and approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition in Tym's posesion. In addition, he was found in possession of high capacity assault rifle magazines.
All of the firearms were legally owned by Tym. All of Tym’s firearms, ammunition and magazines were seized.
Tym was arrested and booked into jail for a violation of 246.3 PC – Negligent discharge of a firearm and 32310(a) PC – Possession of high capacity magazines. His bail was set at $2,500.