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‘I didn’t mean for this to happen’: Teen facing charges after shooting, killing man

Posted at 8:19 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 10:19:46-04

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    Lancaster County, PA (WPMT ) — A Columbia teen is facing charges after allegedly shooting and killing a man.

Antonio Acosta, 17, is facing murder in the third degree and involuntary manslaughter charges for his role in the incident.

On July 29 around 8:10 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Third and Walnut Streets in Columbia Borough for a reported shooting.

Upon arrival, police found 21-year-old Nicholas Mills laying on the sidewalk at the southwest corner of the intersection of Third and Walnut Streets.

According to the criminal complaint, police found Mills with a gunshot wound at the base of the front of his throat, and immediately began performing life-saving measures.

As police were performing CPR, they noticed a man approaching.

Police say they told the man to retreat, but when he failed to listen, police approached him.

That man, later identified as Acosta, had fresh blood on his hands and told police that he could show them where the gun was.

Acosta led police to the front door of an apartment on North Third Street, which was found to be Mills’ apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Acosta led police inside to a rear room of the apartment and said, “It’s back there. The silver.”

Police found a semi-automatic handgun lying on the floor of the back room.

Acosta told police that he had pointed the gun at Mills but didn’t know it was loaded. He said when he pointed it at Mills, it went off.

“I didn’t mean for this to happen, I’m sorry,” Acosta told police.

He also pulled a 9 millimeter shell casing from his pocket and handed it to police before being placed under arrest.

Police interviewed multiple individuals who were also inside the home during the shooting.

A juvenile told police that another man in the room at the time of the shooting told Acosta not to play with the gun because it’s not a toy, according to the criminal complaint.

Now, Acosta is facing charges.

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