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Gun used in fatal shooting of teen was stolen

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The gun used in the fatal shooting of a Hephzibah teen Monday was reported stolen in Columbia County just four days before the incident.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris confirmed that the .45-caliber automatic Colt pistol fired by Dominique Sullivan, 19, in the Richmond County shooting was stolen overnight on Nov. 6 from an unlocked truck in a Martinez neighborhood.

Police said Sullivan, of Morgan Road near Hephzibah, shot his “very close friend,” Delarrion Smith, 18, while playing with a gun he believed to be unloaded.

The gun’s owner reported his weapon stolen to authorities Nov. 7 when he got into his Dodge truck to leave for work and saw his glove box open with its contents scattered throughout the vehicle, which was parked at his Fairfax Street residence. The gun, valued at about $950, was missing from his center console, according to a Columbia County incident report.

Authorities entered the stolen gun into the Georgia Crime Information Center database.

Morris said Thursday there are no leads in the theft case.

The Richmond County sheriff’s Office charged Sullivan with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and pointing a firearm at another.

Police said that Smith went to Andorra Drive to give Sullivan 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,” they said.

Sullivan took the gun, removed the magazine, pointed the gun back at Smith and pulled the trigger, believing the gun was unloaded, according to authorities.

Smith suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died.

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Casting_Fool 11/15/13 - 05:55 am
Rule #1 in gun safety, NEVER

Rule #1 in gun safety, NEVER point or aim a weapon, loaded or unloaded, at anything that you do not intend to destroy.

nocnoc 11/15/13 - 07:36 am
1 long series of crimes from Martinez to Tobacco Rd.

A lot Crimes and maybe several Criminals for the Investigators to dig through.

Personally every person in this long line of crimes needs to be arrested and charged and convicted and jailed.

*Car burglary (Felony).
* Property being stolen of over $500 in value (Felony),
* Possession Stolen Property (Felony),
* Possession of a firearm by an underage person (Misdemeanor or Felony depending on the DA way of charging the person.)
* Transporting stolen property (not sure)
* Discharge of a weapon in a community and within 400 feet of a roadway. (misdemeanor)
* Man Slaughter or Accidental Homicide (FELONY).

An the others in this list could be charged with contributing to the Dead of a Person (FELONY).

Although stolen Between Nov 6th and Nov 7th, a person or persons enabled this weapon to traveled about 22 miles over 4 days to reach Andorra Drive where it was used to kill a person.

Was this a GANG Related crime activity?

GUN OWNER is also to partially blame.
YES. "Pro-Arm Yourself Me" is saying the Gun Owner is partially to blame. Leaving a EXPENSIVE, Loaded weapon in a UNLOCKED vehicle was plain stupid. Firearm ownership comes with the
responsibility to secure your weapons.

What if the owner heard the Vehicle Burglary in progress and went out to investigate? In this case the Owner has armed the Criminal with a way to kill him or others.

Yes plain stupid or extremely negligent.

How much of the Crime list about was the Shooter part of?
Was he the Vehicle Burglar or the part of a GANG that did this?

If so, doesn't O.C.G.A. (GA LAW), allow the DA to charge the shooter and others with a higher degree of Homicide for more jail time?

At the least RCSO and CCSD should make him give up how he came by the weapon and who else was involved.

GiantsAllDay 11/15/13 - 11:14 am
I hope the lawyers for

I hope the lawyers for Smith's family go after the original gun owner for leaving his weapon unlocked in his vehicle.

rmwhitley 11/15/13 - 01:02 pm

The NRA will shoulder much of the blame for this. The negro culture of using guns to get their way is just too common to overlook. Is there any wonder that the prisons and jails in areas populated by blacks has an almost 3 1/2 to 1 ratio incarceration rate for this minority over other races?

Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 11/15/13 - 03:20 pm
Who's to say if the truck had

Who's to say if the truck had been locked that the gun still wouldn't have been stolen? Thiefs don't let a little thing like a locked door stop them..

David Parker
David Parker 11/15/13 - 04:23 pm
Not sure there is a law

Not sure there is a law requiring guns to be under a locking mechanism. Besides, all bets are off when one is breaking and entering. But true, could have been alot diff had the truck been locked and armed with security alarm.

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