A Hephzibah teen has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after he shot his “very close friend” Monday while playing with a gun he believed to be unloaded, police said.
Dominique Sullivan, 19, was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and pointing a firearm at another, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office news release Tuesday.
Police said Delarrion Smith went to Andorra Drive to give Sullivan, of Morgan Road in Hephzibah, a ride. Sullivan began horse-playing with Smith in the vehicle, and Smith pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Sullivan in a “playful manner,” police said.
Sullivan took the gun, removed the magazine, pointed the gun back at Smith and pulled the trigger. Police said Sullivan believed the gun was unloaded.
Authorities were called about 6:40 p.m. Monday and found Smith, 18, of Allendale Court in Hephzibah, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Smith was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died.