MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A metro teen is dead following an unintentional shooting.
The 14-year-old boy was killed by another teen while playing with a rifle.
The victim, Lebron Davis, attended Crutcho schools and would have started eighth grade on Tuesday morning.
Davis lost his life in an apparent accidental shooting on Thursday.
“It’s certainly a horrible situation for everybody,” said Midwest City police chief Brandon Clabes.
Clabes says when police arrived on scene officers found the 14-year-old boy dead inside the garage of the home.
Two other boys who witnessed the death at first concocted one story for detectives.
“Initially they told investigators the victim died from a self inflicted gunshot wound,” said Clabes.
The witnesses, a 16-year-old and another 14-year-old who is believed to have pulled the trigger, later admitted the shooting had been unintentional
“They had the rifle along with other weapons. The gun unintentionally discharged striking the victim in the chest. The 14-year-old was in possession of the weapon at the time of the shooting,” said Clabes.
In an interesting twist, police say the rifle used in the shooting had been reported stolen from a home burglary three years ago.
It’s not clear how the weapon ended up at the home where the shooting happened, but police say Davis’s death could have been easily been avoided.
“The mixture of teenagers and weapons is a recipe for disaster,” said Clabes. “It’s a tragedy for everyone involved because it could have been avoided if they hadn’t been playing with weapons.”
Right now it’s too early to know if the two teenagers who witnessed the shooting will face any criminal charges.
That decision will be up to the district attorney’s office to decide.
The pair have not been arrested.
The superintendent at Crutcho schools, Teresa McAfee-Wagner, issued the following statement:
“The Crutcho elementary family is heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of our beloved student, Lebron (roo-roo) Davis. Lebron had attended Crutcho elementary kindergarten- seventh grade. He would have started eighth grade on Tuesday morning. He was a sweet, fun-loving young man who loved his family, friends, school, and basketball. Please remember his family and extended family in your prayers.”
The superintendent also helped set up a link to help the family with funeral expenses. Donations are being accepted through GoFundMe.