Brother faces manslaughter charge for accidentally shooting sister

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SARASOTA, Fla. — A Florida man accidentally shot his 20-year-old sister and is now facing a manslaughter charge.

Sarasota police said in a news release on Monda that Leticia Cortez was sitting with family members at the kitchen table Sunday afternoon when 19-year-old Daniel Cortez-Reyes pulled out a semi-automatic handgun. He told investigators he pulled the magazine out of the firearm, inserted the firearm again and it discharged.

A single round struck his sister in the head. She was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries.

At this time, investigators say they believe the shooting was accidental. An investigation continues.

Cortez-Reyes is being held without bail at the Sarasota County Jail. Records don’t say whether he’s hired a lawyer.