A 15-year-old boy celebrated a video game touchdown by whipping out a gun, waving it around and then fatally shooting his 16-year-old friend in the face.
via NY Daily News:
Police said the shooter and the victim, identified as 16-year-old Denzel Nash, were playing Madden NFL inside an apartment on Miller Ave. in East New York, Brooklyn, on Thursday night.
The younger teen, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was charged late Friday with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. He told police the shooting was a tragic accident. Police are investigating where the suspect got the gun.
Police responding to a 911 call at 9:39 p.m. saw two young men leaving the building. The officers stopped them, determined they had been in the apartment and marched them back to the crime scene. That’s where cops found Nash shot in the face. The victim was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died at 10:15 p.m.
At least one other person was in the room at the time of the shooting. Police said that person is 18 and was texting someone when the gunfire rang out. He hasn’t been charged.
Residents at the three-story walk-up — where spatters of frozen blood could be seen outside the door — were still in shock Friday night.
“This is an unfortunate situation. It could be one of my kids,” said Tamika White, 23, who lives right across the hall from where Nash was shot. “I feel sad. My heart goes out to the parents. … That could happen to anybody’s child.”
Another man who lives in the building said the violence was sadly typical of the neighborhood.
“I mean, this is East New York, things like that happen,” he said, as tears streamed down his face.