GOLETA, Calif. – Days after a gunman killed six people in Santa Barbara County, authorities seized seven guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition from a man they say accidentally fired a bullet into his neighbor's apartment.
Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Williams says the cases are unconnected.
Williams says a bullet came through an apartment wall in Isla Vista Tuesday afternoon, narrowly missing a resident.
He says a University of California, Santa Barbara student living next door told deputies he was playing with a Glock 17 handgun when it went off. Williams says the man legally possessed seven handguns and rifles, which were seized along with the ammo.
Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Tym was arrested on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm and possessing high-capacity magazines. He was released on bail and had no public phone number.
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Two hours before thousands of students at UC Santa Barbara filed into Harder Stadium for a memorial service, a student, sitting in his apartment, heard a shot. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department didn’t say if he called 911 but Deputy Sheriff’s responded and found a bullet hole in his wall.
The bullet narrowly missed the student, ricocheted off a tv stand and lodged in another wall. Deputies went next door and found Kevin Tym. More importantly, they found SEVEN firearms and approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition (including high capacity assault rifle magazines) in the 21 year old’s apartment.
Yes, you read that correctly—SEVEN guns. 1000 rounds of ammunition in a UCSB student’s apartment!
Tym admitted he was “playing” with his Glock 17 handgun and accidentally fired it three days after and a quarter mile away from where another student went on a deadly shooting spree. What is he doing with a cache of weapons and ammo? According to the Sheriff’s Department, it is legally owned. But WHY does he have all of that in Isla Vista? As a student? Don’t tell me it’s for protection. You couldn’t arm yourself with that many weapons in the case of an intruder. And the fact that while thousands of others were about to attend a memorial service for slain innocent students, Tym was PLAYING with one of his SEVEN weapons.
Tym was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of high capacity magazines. Bail $2,500. If he can afford all that fire power, I’m sure the $2,500 wasn’t a problem.
Two hours after his arrest, the father of one of the dead students asked the crowd to stand and repeat, “Not One More!”. A refrain of anger, indignation and determination that what happened last Friday will never happen again. But one more shot had already been fired just an earshot away. And if Kevin Tym had not accidently pulled that trigger, we would never know he and his college campus armory existed.