Police charge boy, 12, in fatal shooting of Hephzibah 10-year-old

A 12-year-old has been charged in Monday’s deadly shooting of his 10-year-old neighbor.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said the victim, Hunter Morris, and another juvenile were playing video games at the 12-year-old’s home in Plantation Acre Trailer Park, 3962 Deans Bridge Road, when the 12-year-old “began playing” with his parents’ semiautomatic firearm.

Investigators said the 12-year-old, who has not been identified, pointed the gun around the home and pulled the trigger several times before it discharged, hitting Hunter in the head.

When investigators arrived at the residence on Kristie Street, they found Hunter’s body in the yard.

Neighbors saw the 12-year-old dragging the body toward a trash bin, but stopped him and called police.

The other juvenile who was in the residence fled after the shooting, Dresser said.

The 12-year-old has been charged as a juvenile with pointing a weapon at another and involuntary manslaughter. He was being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Dresser said it appears the shooting was accidental.

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