Robert Kovacik, Sue Monroe
A UC Santa Barbara student was arrested for accidentally firing a gun inside his Isla Vista apartment. During a search, deputies found seven guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Robert Kovacik reports from Isla Vista for the NBC4 News at 11 on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Sheriff’s deputies seized several guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the Isla Vista apartment of a UC Santa Barbara student who was arrested after he said he accidentally fired one of his firearms at home Tuesday, officials said.
The news comes as the college town is still reeling from Friday's rampage that left six UCSB students dead. The two cases are not connected, deputies said.
On Tuesday, deputies were called about 2:30 p.m. to an apartment in the 6500 block of Pardall Road after a resident reported a bullet being fired into their home, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office said in a press release. Deputies found that the bullet had been shot through the wall from a connecting apartment, narrowly missing the resident.
Deputies went next door and questioned 21-year-old Kevin Tym, who allegedly admitted that he was playing with his legally-owned Glock 17 and accidentally fired off a 9mm round.
During a search of his apartment, deputies found and seized seven firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, including a high-capacity assault rifle magazine.
All of the firearms were legally owned by Tym, deputies said.
Tym was released on $2,500 bail and had no public phone number. He faces a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm, sheriff's officials said.