RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon.
Officers responded to the area of to the 8900 block of Riverlachen Way in Riverview sometime around 1:45 p.m. The house deputies responded to is being remodeled and no one currently lives there.
According to officials, the shooter, who is part of the construction team, said that he had just gotten out of his vehicle and was moving his gun from his waist band to his pocket when he slipped on construction debris and his gun fired.
The victim, a 44 year old man who was working on the roof, was shot. Detectives explained that the victim was roughly ten feet from the shooter’s own son working on the roof at the time.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
The man who shot the gun is cooperating with deputies. He told deputies that he and the victim are longtime friends.
“I’m so sorry this happened, it’s just such a freak accident,” said Brenda Bingham who lives next door to the house being remodeled on Riverlachen. Bingham was home when the shooting happened but said she didn’t notice the gunshot because loud construction noises had been coming from next door all day.
Bingham explained the house has been under construction for about six months. She didn’t know the construction workers by name but they would often chat and exchange pleasantries.
In fact, Bingham says she had been in her driveway chatting with the shooter and victim about half an hour before the gun went off.
“It’s sad, it really is sad to see that happened,” she added. “Very nice people.”
The remodeled home’s owner told News Channel 8 over the phone that his prayers go out to the friends and families of those involved.
The investigation is ongoing.