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Man says he accidentally fired gun into apartment

— A man who fired three shots into an adjoining apartment claimed he did so accidentally, according to a report released Tuesday.

The residents of the adjoining apartment, who were near where the bullets ended up, said the accused shooter told them it was an accident and that he would take responsibility for the bullet holes in the wall, the report said.

But, Eli Clay Howard Sr., 29, 1206 S. Verona Ave., Apt. A, Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with firing a missile into a dwelling.

A man living in the adjacent apartment said that immediately after the three projectiles were fired into his apartment, Howard ran in and said, “it was an accident, don’t call police,” the report said.

The husband and the wife in the adjoining apartment were not injured, the report indicated.