Police search for suspect in accidental shooting
NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of a South Florida teen fatally shot by an acquaintance who fled the scene is making a public plea to the alleged shooter to surrender, Wednesday.
"It didn't have to happen," said Helen Cornelio, as she held a framed photograph of her son, 19-year-old Michael Cornelio. "I didn't have to lose my son. Turn yourself in."
Investigators said Adiel Jaramillo, 20, was showing off a gun to the victim when it went off, killing Michael. "You shot my son, and you left him with a gun, but yet claim he was your homeboy," the victim's mother said.
Broward Sheriff's Office officials said Jaramillo, Michael Cornelio and several other friends were in the victim's Pompano Beach apartment Sunday. "The suspect was playing with a gun, and the gun went off," said BSO Detective Steve Feeley. "The suspect then tried to conceal his identity by wiping the gun clean and then dropping the gun at the scene, and then fled on foot."
Authorities said, while Jaramillo and Michael Cornelio were in a gang, they believe the shooting was accidental. "We've never met him," said Vinny Cornelio, the victim's father. "He wasn't someone who came over to our home. I would say, maybe by acquaintance, maybe through someone else. That's the only way that, maybe, he would know him."
Helen Cornelio reiterated her plea to Jaramillo to surrender to authorities. "If you have a conscience, if you have anything, turn yourself in," she said. "Turn yourself in and do the right thing."
Investigators said Jaramillo has family in Texas, but they believe he may still be in Florida.
If you have any information about this suspect's whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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