The Hillsborough County state’s attorney announced Friday that no charges would be filed against a man who accidentally shot a 19-year-old University of Tampa student who accidentally got into his car.
In a December letter to the Tampa Police Department, State Attorney Susan Shorter Lopez called the “use of force” by the unidentified man, who claimed to have feared for his life when Carson Seinfeld entered his car. Appropriate,” Fox 13 Tampa reported.
Lopez wrote to interim chief Lee Bercow at the time, “The State Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the investigation into the death of Carson Seinfeld on September 17, 2022. A review of the facts collected during the investigation and applicable law has reached this conclusion.” forces on [the unnamed shooter]The use of deadly force against Carson Seinfeld was justified according to Florida statute 776.012.(2)”, commonly known as Stand Your Ground. “No charges shall be filed.”
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Seinfeld family attorney Ralph Fernandez called the decision a “miscarriage of justice, clear and manifest”.
“It’s not right,” he told Fox 13.
Lopez and Fernandez did not immediately respond to emails from Fox News Digital hours later.
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Seinfeld ordered an Uber near where he lived in Tampa Bay, Florida, at around 1 a.m. that Saturday morning while he was celebrating his 19th birthday with friends.
He was shot in the chest when he accidentally got into the wrong car.
Fernandez told Fox 13, “Every time it’s like a dagger in the heart. I’m embarrassed that we’re where we are.” A woman has died while walking down someone’s driveway in New York. Charge sheets were filed in those cases.
Attorney AJ Alvarez, who also represents the family, told WTSP-TV, “It seems like nobody cares. This young life with so much promise was just taken away from them.”
He said, “There needs to be a public outcry. Stand Your Ground has now reached the point where it is breeding ground for looking to shoot someone.”
The University of Tampa released a statement following Seinfeld’s death, telling Fox 13 it was “deeply saddened”.
“UT Administration is deeply saddened to report that a UT student died this morning near the intersection of W Arch and N Monroe Streets. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the student’s family and friends as well as all those affected. from this incident. The university values all members of the community and mourns this tragic loss,” the university told Fox 13.
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The shooter remains unidentified because he is protected by Marcy’s law, which hides the identity of victims, and authorities consider him a possible victim because he said he fears for his life.