New Port Richey, Florida — A teenager has been hospitalized with facial injuries caused when a bullet he found fired while held in a vice, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.
The victim, Alex Carman, 15, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries to the right upper cheek.
Investigators say the Riverridge H.S. student found a 380 bullet on the side of a road, brought it home and put it into a vice. He apparently struck the the primer end of the bullet with a metal screw, causing it to fire.
They say a 22-caliber bullet pierced with a screw was also found near the vice. On the ground was a hammer and a small pool of blood.
Investigators say it "appears Alex placed the bullet in the vice, hammered a screw into the primer causing the bullet to explode."
They say it appears to be an accidental injury. There were no charges.