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Teenager shot by driver after accidentally getting into wrong car – but shooter NOT caught


A student has been shot by a driver after accidentally getting into the wrong car after a night out celebrating his 19th birthday with his friends.

Carson Senfield, of Buffalo, New York, was shot dead at 1am on Saturday when he mistakenly entered the stranger’s vehicle – but the shooter has not been arrested in the death.

The University of Tampa sophomore, who was not known to the driver, was shot in the upper body after hanging out with his friends all evening.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene in Tampa, Florida, and the unnamed driver is cooperating with police.

He had just gotten out of an Uber that was taking him near his home on West Arch Street when he then tried to get into another car.

The driver inside that car said he feared for his life when he shot and killed Seinfeld, investigators say.

Carson Senfield, of Buffalo, New York, was shot dead at 1am when he mistakenly entered the stranger’s vehicle, just a day after celebrating his 19th birthday

Teenager shot by driver after accidentally getting into wrong car – but shooter NOT caught

The University of Tampa sophomore, who was not known to the driver, was shot in the upper body after a night out with his friends

Teenager shot by driver after accidentally getting into wrong car – but shooter NOT caught

The scene near West Arch Street in Tampa, Florida, where the boy was shot and killed when he entered an unidentified man’s vehicle

The Tampa Police Department said the driver was not arrested – and it’s now up to the state’s attorney’s office to decide whether or not the shooter was justified in his actions.

Florida’s “Stand Strong” law allows people to use lethal force to defend themselves if they believe they are in imminent danger. Unlike the laws of other states, you are not required to attempt to flee before engaging in lethal force.

Carson’s heartbroken father, Darren Senfield, told WGRZ: “For us, the details will play themselves out. We don’t have our son, we mourn, we are heartbroken, we are devastated.

“It was a senseless tragedy which we are still trying to come to terms with, but at this point it doesn’t really matter, we don’t have our Carson with us.

“We spoke with him two days before he is due to celebrate his birthday with friends on Friday evening.

Teenager shot by driver after accidentally getting into wrong car – but shooter NOT caught

The teenager’s heartbroken family paid their respects after the tragic death

Teenager shot by driver after accidentally getting into wrong car – but shooter NOT caught

They created a GoFundMe with the aim of creating a university fund in his memory

“He loved his people, whether they were in western New York or his people in Tampa. He was such a generator of good vibes.

A friend of Carson’s, Jacob Skintges, paid tribute to the “brightest light in the room”.

He said: “From the moment I met the child, the brightest light in the room.” I mean, Carson could make anyone laugh at any time.

“I just want everyone to remember him like that because that’s what he was.”

A GoFundMe was created after the tragic loss, but his father said the money would be used to create a scholarship in his son’s name.

He added: ‘We will direct this (money towards) a scholarship at a later date to ensure that kids like Carson, kids who love people, have a chance to go to college.’

The University of Tampa said in a statement, “The UT administration is deeply saddened to report that a UT student was killed early this morning near the intersection of W. Arch and N. Munro.”

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the student’s family and friends, and to everyone affected by this incident.

“The University appreciates all members of the community and mourns this tragic loss.”

David Lillec, the superintendent of Orchard Park School District where he graduated in 2021, said: ‘It saddens me greatly to inform you that the community of Orchard Park has suffered a tragic loss as Carson Senfield, graduated in 2021 from Orchard Park High School, died today.

“Given Carson’s wide circle of friends and the fact that both of Carson’s siblings attend OPHS, the Orchard Park School District recognizes that his passing has a significant impact.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Senfield family during this difficult time. Carson was a light in this world and will forever be a Quaker.

Florida’s “Hold On” Law – What Does It Cover?

In Florida, you are allowed to use deadly force in self-defense if you believe you are at risk of being killed or seriously injured by another person.

But unlike the laws of other states, you don’t have to try to get away before engaging in deadly force.

People may use “hold on” when they think there is a valid reason why they are about to be the victim of a serious crime.

But the statue states that it cannot be used to defend someone who engages in criminal activity.

People also cannot invoke the law if they use deadly force against a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.

You can only use “stand your ground” if the person is in a place where they are legally allowed to be – that way someone won’t be able to use the law while they break into the house of someone, for example.

According to Florida Statutes Chapter 776: “A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that the use or threat to use such force is necessary to prevent death. imminent or serious bodily harm to himself or another person, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible crime.

“A person who uses or threatens to use lethal force in accordance with this paragraph is under no obligation to retreat and has the right to stand if the person using or threatening to use lethal force does not is not engaged in any criminal activity and is in a place where he has a right to be.

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