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18-year-old grandson of team owner Sabates killed in accidental shooting

Aug 5, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

An accidental shooting over the weekend in Florida claimed the life of a grandson of Chip Ganassi Racing co-owner Felix Sabates (pictured, right, with Ganassi).

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has relayed the findings of a Palm Beach Gardens police report on the incident.

The report says it took place during a party in which a group of friends were playing with a 9mm pistol while drinking and doing drugs.

An unnamed 17-year-old pointed the gun at multiple people inside the apartment before pointing it at 18-year-old Feliciano “Chany” Sabates.

The gun then went off, and Sabates was hit in the chest by the round. Sabates died at the scene.

The shooter now faces a charge of manslaughter by culpable negligence.

“The information and physical evidence was consistent that this was a careless act rather than an intentional act, thus the manslaughter by culpable negligence charge,” police spokesman Commander William Brandt said per the Sun-Sentinel.

After the shooting, some of the party goers attempted to hide the gun in nearby bushes according to police. However, they ultimately led police to the weapon after being interviewed by detectives.

Felix’s daughter, Mimi, has posted the following on her Twitter account:

We give our condolences to the Sabates family at this time…

  1. manik56 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Drugs, alcohol, and guns. Anyone surprised? What a waste of life.

    • mourningcall - Sep 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Fast living and guns along with grown ups who engage kids too young in activities that endanger the kids. Ice T’s grandson (friend of Andretti) killed his room-mate in June… didn’t anyone give out the lesson that guns are not toys? Cars are not toys either BTW. No adult supervision and such a sad testimony.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Just frigging insanity! Youth is wasted on the young and dumb.

  3. dblr0910 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    What a senseless tragedy. It just goes to show you that guns,drugs and alcohol don’t discriminate. These kids were under 21. Where was the adult supervision?

    • techmeister1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Adult supervision usually ends at about the age 10 in the U.S. for many kids… Is it any wonder why we have so many social problems? Watch TV, use the Net or play a video game and see what messages that kids are bombarded with everyday. It’s a disgrace IMO.

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