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3 teens charged in Nov. accidental shooting death in Homosassa Springs

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Three teenagers will pay the price for accidentally killing a Homosassa Springs woman on the day before Thanksgiving, last year.

They were shooting a gun in the woods behind Sandra Ryder’s house when a stray bullet hit her in the head.    

Working in the front yard of her home with her husband just before 1 p.m., 58-year-old Sandra fell to the ground.

Her husband made a frantic 911 call.

Husband: “Come on. She’s not gonna make it.”

Dispatcher: “Okay, stay on the line with me, sir.” 

Husband: “Oh my god, when I find that person, I’m gonna kill them. Oh my god, help.”

Dispatcher: “Just stay on the line with me.”

Despite efforts at CPR, Sandra died.

Neighbors told Citrus County deputies where they believed they heard gunshots. They zeroed in on a home and spoke to a group of teens.

Deputies discovered they’d been shooting in the woods behind Ryder’s house.

Now, three teens, two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old, are charged with manslaughter.

“I think that that’s good. I really do. I think somebody needs to be accountabler for their actions. And since then we’ve had different times when we’ve had gunshots again. And it puts us all on edge,” said neighbor John Bortell.

Bortell gave a fist pump when told him about the arrests.

“Guns have to be respected and if it’s teenagers that had the guns out, why didn’t the parents have them locked up?” Bortell asked.

“Teenagers can be impulsive and reckless,” Citrus County Sheriff Mike Predergast said.

“Their careless actions took another person’s life.”

Deputies have guns and spent ammunition cartridges in their case against the teens.

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