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Seven Guns and 1,000 Rounds Seized from UCSB Student

Sheriff’s deputies arrested the UC Santa Barbara student after a shot was fired through the wall of his Isla Vista apartment, officials said.


Sheriff’s deputies seized several guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the Isla Vista apartment of a UC Santa Barbara student who was arrested after he accidentally fired one of his weapons Tuesday, officials said.

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Santa Barbara sheriff’s deputies were called about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to an apartment in the 6500 block of Pardall Road after a resident reported a bullet being shot into her home. Deputies found that the bullet had been shot through her wall from a connecting apartment, narrowly missing her.

Deputies went next door and questioned 21-year-old Kevin Tym, who allegedly admitted that he was playing with his legally owned handgun and accidentally fired off a round.

During a search of his apartment, deputies found and seized seven firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, including a high-capacity assault rifle magazine.

All of the firearms were legally owned by Tym, deputies said.

Tym faces a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm.

The incident was unrelated to last Friday’s mass killings near the university campus.