Georgia Teenager Accidentally Shot Dead While Playing with a Gun with a Friend on FaceTime

A 13-year-old boy died in Georgia this week after being shot while handling a firearm with a friend as they were using Apple's video app FaceTime, police say.

Gwinnett Police officers responded to reports a person had been shot at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, rushing to Portico Apartments at Preston Park Drive in unincorporated Duluth. Upon arrival, they found the teenager, who was "bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound."

The juvenile has been identified as Jair Gonzalez. According to officials, the person who contacted the police said he was shot while "playing with a gun."

The boy was rushed to a nearby hospital but passed away as a result of his injuries, police said. It was not immediately clear where he was shot.

11Alive first reported the boys were using the video call app FaceTime at the time of the incident. The outlet spoke to the victim's family member, who were left distraught by the child's sudden death.

A preliminary investigation by homicide detectives who responded to the scene suggested a gun held by a 14-year-old acquaintance was fired by accident and struck Gonzalez, police said.

The incident took place at an Duluth apartment lived in by Gonzalez, with officials indicating that multiple guns were in the home at the time of the shooting. The 14-year-old friend is now being charged as a juvenile with Reckless Conduct, but his name is not being released.

It remains unclear who was on the other end of the video call.

The child's mother, identified as Ana Rodriguez, told 11Alive: "It feels like half my life was taken from me, a huge part of my life has been taken from me." She said the unnamed friend had since received death threats from other teenagers who blamed him for the death of her son.

Deborah Fusi, the principal of Duluth Middle School, where both boys were enrolled as students, addressed the incident this week in a notification letter sent to parents, 11Alive reported.

"We learned late last night that one of our eighth-grade students was killed last night," Fusi wrote. "While this tragic incident did not occur at school, we wanted to make sure you were aware of this loss so that you can better help your child through this difficult time."

"As you know, this is a very caring community, and I know your thoughts and prayers will be with our students, our families, and our school during this difficult time," she added.

In Texas last month, a 17-year-old male was arrested after fatally shooting his own brother through a bathroom door while visiting at a friend's house.

The sheriff's office said at the time: "One brother was handling a firearm while his brother was in the restroom. While handling the firearm, it discharged through the bathroom door striking the other brother in the torso." The victim died after being rushed to hospital, officials said.

In July this year, a 15-year-old boy was killed in Texas after being shot while playing with a gun with friends, KHOU reported. A 17-year-old, later charged with manslaughter, said he was not aware live ammunition was in the gun when he pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger.

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