Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 1

FLORIDA CHILD, 4, FATALLY SHOOTS SELF WITH GUN FOUND IN HOME

The shooting happened Sunday evening in Tampa. In a news release, police said Ashton Gooding found the weapon and discharged it. He was severely injured when police arrived and died shortly after arriving at Tampa General Hospital. The state attorney’s office is reviewing the case to determine whether charges should be brought.

‘IT’S MAMA!’ OWNER YELLS TO DOG FOUND AFTER 8 YEARS ON RUN

A Florida woman has been reunited with her dog eight years after the Yorkshire terrier went missing. Someone left a gate open at the home Louise Friedlander was visiting on Fort Myers Beach on Father’s Day 2009. Tessa, who had a microchip with her owner’s information, disappeared. An animal control officer called Friedlander on June 30 and told her Tessa had been found outside a Cape Coral fire station.

MAN HELD ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE AFTER SHOOTING SISTER

Sarasota police said in a news release on Monday 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.

FLORIDA WOMAN RUN OVER DURING ARGUMENT WITH HUSBAND

Orange County Sheriff’s officials tell local news outlets that the 51-year-old woman was seriously injured during the Sunday night incident. According to investigators, the couple had been arguing when the man tried to leave. His wife attempted to prevent him from leaving and ended up under the Nissan Versa. Authorities haven’t said whether the husband will be charge.

SUNRISE POLICE FUND FREE BBQS WITH RECOVERED DRUG MONEY

Police are hosting the “pop-up” barbecues as a way to improve community relations. The department posts the location and time of a barbecue on its social media accounts. Sunrise Mayor Robert Voss told the newspaper that young children are at first hesitant with the officers, but by the end of the barbecue they’re hugging them and saying goodbye. Police have been hosting the barbecues once-a-month for about a year.

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