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Manatee teen is charged after he shoots girlfriend in the head

MANATEE — The boyfriend of a 17-year-old shot in the head has been charged with culpable negligence and improper exhibition of a firearm, Sheriff Brad Steube said Saturday.

The boyfriend, Omar Flores, 17, told deputies he accidentally shot the young woman as the two were handling a gun at his residence in the 2500 block of 30th Avenue East Friday at about 8 p.m.

The young woman was shot in the forehead, and is in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center, Steube said.

The young woman was identified by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, but as she is a juvenile and a victim of a possible crime the Bradenton Herald is not naming her.

Anyone with information about his shooting is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.