Wednesday, May 23, 2012

14-year-old wanted to teach toddler about gun safety, unintentionally shoots and kills him instead

A 14-year-old Urbana, Illinois boy wanted to teach his 3-year-old nephew, Mekhi Woods, a lesson on gun safety. The teen found Mekhi playing with a stolen .25-caliber handgun he had hidden in his room. So he took the magazine out of the gun thinking he had successfully unloaded the gun. Wanting to scare Mekhi and teach him about gun safety, the teen pointed the gun at the toddler and pulled the trigger, not realizing there was still a bullet in the chamber.
Mekhi was shot in the forehead and later died of his injuries.
"I lost two grandsons," said Vicki Moss, the boys' grandmother. "Now because of a stupid choice or mistake or whatever you call it, he is going to live with this for the rest of his life. I don't think he's ever going to be the same ever again."
The teen is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the fatal shooting.

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