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Man kills friend after pulling trigger on gun he thought was unloaded, Orlando police say

20-year-old charged with manslaughter

A man was shot on the 2000 block of S Rio Grande Avenue in Orlando on Wednesday. The victim is in critical condition.
A man was shot on the 2000 block of S Rio Grande Avenue in Orlando on Wednesday. The victim is in critical condition. (WKMG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man died Wednesday afternoon after police say he was shot by a friend who pointed what he thought was an unloaded gun and pulled the trigger, according to the Orlando Police Department.

The victim, later identified as Zavier Phillips, 20, was taken to Orlando Health in critical condition after a shooting at an apartment complex on Rio Grande Avenue Wednesday afternoon, according to the Orlando Police Department. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

Deontay Haynes, 20.
Deontay Haynes, 20. (WKMG 2020)

Police said the shooting happened before 3:45 p.m. at Oakmont Apartments. According to investigators, the victim, his brother and Deontay Haynes, 20, were hanging out inside an apartment when the shooting occurred. Haynes told detectives he thought he had an unloaded gun when he pointed it at Phillips and pulled the trigger, shooting the victim.

Haynes was arrested and charged with manslaughter with a firearm.