The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call about 8:00 Wednesday night at the McDonald's near Tyndall Parkway and Cherry Street. When deputies got there, a crowd of people was standing around Charlie Hutchison, 18, of Tallahassee. Hutchison, who was holding his abdomen, said he accidentally shot himself with a .38 revolver.
About a minute later, Hutchison’s girlfriend, Skye Hunter, 18, of Port St. Joe, and his younger brother, ran over to the scene. When a deputy asked Hunter about the gun, she said she threw it into some nearby woods because she was scared. Hunter claimed she thought it was illegal to be in possession of a gun in Florida.
Deputies then questioned Hutchison’s younger brother. He said they had just eaten at McDonald’s. After getting back in the car, he says Charlie reached under the front passenger seat, pulled out a gun and was trying to de-cock it and put the gun in his waistband at the same time. When the gun went off, he says Charlie opened the door and fell out.
A deputy and his K9 partner tracked down the gun in the woods. The .38 caliber, snub-nose, 5 shot revolver had five shell casings in it. One of them was empty. The Sheriff’s Office ran the serial number on the gun. It was reported stolen in Indiana back in 2008.
Deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. They searched the car and found a digital scale and marijuana grinder in a pink bag, along with a glass bong.
During questioning at the Sheriff’s Office substation in Callaway, Hunter said they three of them had smoked marijuana together. After Hutchison accidentally shot himself, she says he told her to grab the gun and throw it in the woods.
The case is still under investigation.