Two Hephzibah teenagers were arrested this evening after one fatally shot his 13-year-old friend while handling a firearm earlier today.
Raekwon Rhodes, of the 2400 Hampshire Crossing, was passing a loaded handgun back to the one of the suspects when it fired striking him in the neck, according to Richmond County Sheriffs Sgt. Blaise Dresser. The Hephzibah Middle School pupil ran to a neighbors home at 4385 Saxon Drive with the two suspects 16-year-old and 13-year-old brothers in an attempt to use the phone, Sgt. Dresser said. He died shortly after 3 p.m.
Police are still investigating whether the gun used in the shooting was stolen by the youths, who authorities have charged with burglary for a home break-in on Carpenter Avenue earlier this month.
Whether or not the firearm that was used in the shooting was from the burglary, Im a little fuzzy on that right now, Sgt. Dresser said.
Authorities are not releasing the names of the two suspects because of their ages, but they said the 13-year-old had been taken to the Richmond County Youth Detention Center and faced involuntary manslaughter, burglary and stolen firearm charges. His 16-year-old brother was released to his parents with a charge of burglary, Sgt. Dresser said.
They have also arrested Martavias Marquis Nelson, 18, of 4385 Saxon Drive, on a charge of theft by receiving a stolen firearm, sheriffs jail committals show. The youths ran to Mr. Nelsons home after the shooting and police discovered a firearm stolen by the teenagers in his home.
Sheriffs Lt. Scott Peebles said the victim was not involved in the break-ins. His body has been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.
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