LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Pedro man has been arrested after killing his 16-year-old friend with a shotgun blast but he says it was an accident.

Authorities say 18-year-old Joseph Hecker was holding the shotgun when he answered his door Tuesday afternoon. Police say the gun went off, striking his longtime friend Dale Lee Soto in the chest.

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The Torrance Daily Breeze says Hecker told investigators the shooting was accidental.

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He was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held Thursday on $1 million bail.

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