Suspect in accidental shooting surrenders
NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The man suspected of fatally shooting an acquaintance in Pompano Beach has surrendered to police after the victim's mother made a public plea for him to turn himself in.
Accompanied by his lawyer, 20-year-old Aidel Jaramillo surrendered to Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives Wednesday evening at the Public Safety Building. He was charged with manslaughter for his role in a shooting that claimed the life of 19-year-old Michael Cornelio.
"It didn't have to happen," said Helen Cornelio earlier on Wednesday as she held a framed photograph of her son. "I didn't have to lose my son. Turn yourself in."
Investigators said Jaramillo 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 Friday. "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."
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