Man Arrested For Shooting Friend in Face During Early Morning Incident in Hialeah

Hialeah Police arrested a man they say shot his friend in the face on accident while playing with a firearm.

The shooting took place around 2 AM off West 22nd Street near Okeechobee Road. Police say 23-year-old Javier Hernandez was sitting in a car with his friend, 19-year-old Jose Pena-Lopez, when the gun Lopez had went off.

Lopez fled the scene and was later arrested at his Miami home. The firearm in the case, which Lopez threw into a nearby canal, was later recovered by Miami-Dade Police divers.

Hernandez was later airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is listed in stable condition. Lopez was charged with culpable negligence in the shooting and for tampering with evidence by throwing the gun into the canal

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