13-Year-Old Shoots Himself Live On Instagram
According to 11Alive, an Atlanta teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself live on Instagram with his friends watching. 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill was live on the social media site showing off the gun when it discharged.
Forest Park Police said they responded at about 10:40 p.m after the teen’s mother and sister heard the gunshot and found him “in a pool of blood”. Hemphill was rushed to Grady Hospital where he died.
His mother Shaniqua Stephens said, “This is just a pain that will never go away. He was my only son. Just the thought of me seeing him on the floor will never leave my brain.” Stephens said it was an accident and not an intentional suicide. Several of his friends were watching when the shooting happened. Stephens said they rushed to her house afterward.
“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside,” she said. “I guess these were the kids that were watching on live that live in the area. I guess when it happened they just ran over here.” She has been told that someone asked why he didn’t have a clip in the gun and told him to put a clip in the gun. “As he put the clip in the gun, that is when the gun went off,” she said.
Stephens isn’t completely sure how Malachi got the gun. She was told he got the gun from a friend who got it from someone else. Detectives said they are consulting with the Clayton County D.A.’s office, and depending on where their investigation leads, criminal charges are a possibility.
She said it was hard to keep track of his activities on social media even though she and her husband Ernest monitored his profiles often. Both said they tried their best to know where their kids were and who they were friends with.
They worked to be role models for their children, but said the wrong influence outside the home can still lead to tragedy. Officials at Babb Middle School, where Malachi was a 7th-grade student, have brought in grief counselors to assist students.