LANCASTER — A convicted felon forbidden from carrying guns was arrested Wednesday after a pistol he was handling accidentally discharged and killed his friend, also a felon.
Robert Hood, 35, died Tuesday night after meeting with his friend, Demario Buchanon, 30, near Brooklyn Avenue so they could either trade or sell a gun, said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
During the meeting, Hood, who deputies had just charged last month with driving under suspension, and Buchanon were handling the weapon when it accidentally discharged and struck Hood one time in the stomach.
The shooting was accidental, Shaw said, adding that the men were not angry with each other or arguing. Hood lived at 497 South Ave., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford, who also confirmed that the shooting appeared accidental.
Both Hood and Buchanon are prohibited from possessing firearms, according to a release from the sheriff's office. The handgun was later found hidden near the scene and had been reported stolen.
Buchanon was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of stolen property.
Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that he has previous convictions for public disorderly conduct and possession of a stolen pistol. In 2003, he was placed on two years probation after a conviction for possession of a crack cocaine, a charge he received while he was already on probation for pistol possession.
Hoods convictions span 15 years when he was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to three years probation for third-degree burglary, state criminal records show. The next year, he was sentenced to three years concurrent with his probationary sentence for possession of crack cocaine.
Shoplifting convictions followed in 2003, during which he was sent to the state Department of Corrections. Two years later, he was convicted of entering a premises after warning and possession of marijuana, after which he returned to a state prison. In 2006, he received convictions for drugs possession and distribution and was sentenced to his third prison term with the state Department of Corrections.
Last year, he pleaded guilty to driving under suspension and had to pay a $600 fine or spend 30 days in jail.