Crime & Courts

Richmond Co. | Columbia Co. | Aiken Co. |

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:48 AM
Last updated Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:00 AM
  • Follow Crime & courts

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

Back | Next
Nicole Jones cries Tuesday as her niece Brittney Greeley consoles her during a rally and vigil at Plantation Acres Mobile Homes, in the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road, for Nicole's son Hunter, who was shot and killed Monday.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
Nicole Jones cries Tuesday as her niece Brittney Greeley consoles her during a rally and vigil at Plantation Acres Mobile Homes, in the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road, for Nicole's son Hunter, who was shot and killed Monday.


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.

Comments (14) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
REDRIDER
134
Points
REDRIDER 03/27/12 - 11:11 am
6
1
Tragic! Parent's If you have

Tragic! Parent's If you have fire arms in your home. Educate your children about fire arms. Lock up your fire arms when Children are around. I taught mine to shoot at 5 years old. All guns are loaded. Muzzle control. I also showed them what a gun will do to you by shooting a watermelon. Sad

Craig Spinks
818
Points
Craig Spinks 03/27/12 - 11:27 am
1
3
We'll see if his "I was just

We'll see if his "I was just playing" defense works as well with Judge Saunders as it probably has with the "authority figures" in the twelve-year-old's life up to this tragic event.

broad street narrow mind
348
Points
broad street narrow mind 03/27/12 - 12:16 pm
9
0
is it a crime to leave guns
Unpublished

is it a crime to leave guns out where kids can get them? has anyone been charged for their neglect in these cases of kids getting guns and shooting their friends?

wondersnevercease
9218
Points
wondersnevercease 03/27/12 - 01:28 pm
0
0
Mr. Spinks...do you know the
Unpublished

Mr. Spinks...do you know the 12 year old? What makes you think he intentionally shot his friend?

Yes the parents are responsible for this accident....if you know 12 year old boys you know if they have not been taught about respecting guns then you also know if they are aware there is one in the house they WILL look for and find it to show off to their friends...it's a male thing.

stillamazed
1488
Points
stillamazed 03/27/12 - 02:03 pm
8
0
Accidentally shooting the boy

Accidentally shooting the boy was bad enough, but trying to drag him to the dumpster shows he was trying to hide it. The entire time our children were growing up they never knew we even had firearms, we intentionally did not let them know and they stayed under lock and key. While I do believe in the right to own guns, it should be a crime to leave them in the reach of children.

Frank I
1204
Points
Frank I 03/27/12 - 02:53 pm
3
1
Ignorance tends to breed

Ignorance tends to breed curiosity, and tragic situations such as this. While I agree that it is EXTREMELY important to keep firearms out of reach of children, education is imperative. Teach them that they are in no way toys. Teach them in the best way for them to understand the consequences that they are dangerous, life threatening instruments and not to be handled. I myself grew up aware of firearms within the home and where they were located, and I teach my children that they are very dangerous when not handled in a proper manner.

ripjones256
-1
Points
ripjones256 03/27/12 - 03:04 pm
0
0
The parents are responsible.
Unpublished

The parents are responsible. There was no adult supervision in the house, which is also not acceptable. The 12 year-old should have never had access to the gun in the first place. Growing up, I knew where Dad's gun was, but I was "explained to" @ an early age, what would happen to my butt, if I touched it. I was in the jury pool, several years back, where an Evans kid was "plinking" with a gun and shot and killed another kid.

GaStang22
910
Points
GaStang22 03/27/12 - 05:53 pm
0
0
Waiting on the details of how
Unpublished

Waiting on the details of how he got the gun.

Patty-P
3520
Points
Patty-P 03/27/12 - 05:53 pm
9
0
Keep guns locked up and out

Keep guns locked up and out of sight of children. Even if you educate your child about guns, guests of that child may not be taught how dangerous they are. Just lock them up.

TrulyWorried
16643
Points
TrulyWorried 03/27/12 - 09:28 pm
1
1
My heart goes out to the

My heart goes out to the family of this precious little boy - may God give you the strength to carry on! And again we have the tragedy of another child being lost - senselessly.
In no way should children have access to any firearms that are in a residence. And I truly believe, as I am also worried, that the video games and movies being produced in this age have an awful lot to do with the violence we see all over the world. The boy pulled the body of his friend to the trash dump? How many videos are there where this is a common occurence??? Unless these obnoxious and totally inappropriate videos and movies are removed from public use things won't get better - they'll get worse - why? No big deal - I see this all the time - videos, games, movies - the world is on the edge of destruction - by its people.

eastcoastdream
0
Points
eastcoastdream 03/28/12 - 02:36 am
6
0
Instead of anyone blaming

Instead of anyone blaming video games and television, how about holding the parents responsible. "Parenting" is a full time job and as a parent it is YOUR responsibility to filter what your children have access to. How about the PARENTS that purchase the video games and allow the inappropriate television programs. How about the PARENTS that NEGLECTED to protect not only their OWN child but a child that was in their care at the time by properly securing ANY weapons in the house. How about the PARENTS that left children unsupervised long enough for this entire incident to occur (from the possession of the gun until the dumpster incident). WHERE ON EARTH WERE THE PARENTS DOING THE PARENTING????!!!

wondersnevercease
9218
Points
wondersnevercease 03/28/12 - 06:00 am
0
0
Wonder if she will get a call
Unpublished

Wonder if she will get a call from obama?

meginlea
36
Points
meginlea 03/28/12 - 08:04 am
2
0
This is so tragic. I suppose

This is so tragic. I suppose this is one of many reasons why my parents didn't want me to 1. leave me home alone when i was 12 and under, and 2. let me have friends over if they DID leave me home alone. Who knows how differently this whole thing could have played out if there had been adult supervision. :(

broad street narrow mind
348
Points
broad street narrow mind 03/28/12 - 08:25 am
2
0
i found this under a heading
Unpublished

i found this under a heading "weapons related georgia code." O.C.G.A. § 16-3-1
Minimum age

A person shall not be considered or found guilty of a crime unless he has attained the age of 13 years at the time of the act, omission, or negligence constituting the crime.
also, shouldn't the gun owner be charged? why does this never happen? the swimming pool mom got charged and the nap guy whose kid snuck out got charged. when has an owner of a gun used by a kid to kill a kid been charge round here? we lock up the kids it looks like. http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?title=16&chapter=3&section=1

sassylassie
517
Points
sassylassie 03/28/12 - 08:40 am
3
1
I, too, am amazed that

I, too, am amazed that irresponsible gun owners are not charged as well. Leaving a loaded gun in the midst of kids and teenagers is not being responsible. I sincerely hate that this child has died because of another's curiosity over a gun. But as a parent myself, I am asking, where were the kids' parents, and I mean for ALL the kids involved, what happened with the other child who slipped out? Did he not tell an adult what was going on? And when are some parents going to be responsible and monitor/watch/educate//supervise their kids? Sad.

itsanotherday1
48404
Points
itsanotherday1 03/28/12 - 08:59 am
1
0
Sassy, according to reports

Sassy, according to reports yesterday; the gun was put up in what was thought a safe place. The parents did not know that the 12 yo knew where it was.
However, @ the age of 12 he should have already been exposed to guns and taught safe handling. When our boys were very small, I kept my pistols well out of reach. In fact, had I needed one it would have been too late by the time I dug it out. When they were 7 and 9, I took them out to shoot one. I chose the .357 for a reason. I stood behind them and helped them hold it to fire. The ensuing explosion and kick convinced them it wasn't a toy they wanted to play with. They are both responsible, safe, gun owners today.

broad street narrow mind
348
Points
broad street narrow mind 03/28/12 - 09:24 am
0
0
what is the law? what is
Unpublished

what is the law? what is considered acceptable safety for a gun in the house with a child? hint to all you who think you've hidden your gun, the kids always know where it is. hint to all of you who are so proud of your kids and their absolute perfection, they're not perfect and your gun lectures are not any more impressive than the ten commandments moses brought down. no matter how much you yammer, brag and spank, your kids are not perfect and i don't want them getting a hold of your guns. for my sake also.

onlynaugusta
41
Points
onlynaugusta 03/28/12 - 03:59 pm
1
1
This was no accident. By the

This was no accident. By the age of 12 anyone should have enough knowledge to know that guns kill. I pray for the victim's family and friends.

mybubbalova
0
Points
mybubbalova 04/12/12 - 04:16 pm
0
0
Sassylassy yes i knew where

Sassylassy yes i knew where my son was and my son knew about guns and he has staied the night with these ppl a few times i knew where my son was i was a 100 ft from him and i think it is screwed up that there are 30 kids in this moble home park and kids can not even play at each others house so yes i knew when and where my son was

mybubbalova
0
Points
mybubbalova 04/12/12 - 04:18 pm
0
0
and the damn gun was on the

and the damn gun was on the refidge my son done a report at school on guns he took a bullet for the 8 yr old so get things right before you pass judgement

mybubbalova
0
Points
mybubbalova 04/12/12 - 04:19 pm
0
0
and no it is not an accident

and no it is not an accident if he was grown enough to drag my baby to a dump and hide the gun then he knew what he was doing

Back to Top
loading...
Top headlines

Christmas Eve rains to dry up

If Wednesday seemed particularly wet and dreary, you would be right. The day broke the record for the wettest Christmas Eve that Augusta has ever had.
Search Augusta jobs