Deputies: 19-year-old killed in accidental shooting at York home

Deputies: 19-year-old killed in accidental shooting at York home
A death investigation is underway after a person was killed in what officials describe as an accidental shooting in York County. (Source: WTOC)

YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - A 19-year-old was killed in an accidental shooting outside a home in York County Thursday night, deputies say, sparking a death investigation.

The incident happened on Pearla Road, which is just off of McConnells Highway in York. According to the York County Sheriff’s Office, a 28-year-old man was taking a handgun apart when the gun went off.

Investigators say a bullet went through the 28-year-old’s hand, striking and killing 19-year-old Hunter Pontus who was sitting nearby.

Deputies and EMS attempted life-saving measures on Pontus, officials say, but they were unsuccessful.

The 28-year-old was listed as a “suspect” on the report, but deputies have not said whether charges will be filed.

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