Police: Suspect accidentally shoots teen while face timing on cell phone

Police: Suspect accidentally shoots teen while playing on cell phone
17-year-old Gerald Levy (Source: Facebook)
17-year-old Gerald Levy (Source: Facebook)
20-year-old Byron Devore (Source: EBRSO)
20-year-old Byron Devore (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department says they have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a teen on Tennessee Street Friday night.

Police say the shooting happened just after 9:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Tennessee St.

According to police, 20-year-old Byron Devore was holding a handgun while face timing on his cell phone when the gun discharged hitting 17-year-old Gerald Levy in the head.

Levy was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Levy was a sophomore at McKinley High School, where he was a member of the football team. He also participated in track and field on the national level.

"You could tell he had great potential, he was going to be a great athlete," said Rob Signater, the McKinley Athletic Director and former football coach. "I think he was coming into his own. It's just sad, you know, just real sad."

Investigators have ruled the shooting accidental.

Devore has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he has been charged with negligent homicide.

This is the second accidental shooting this week involving a teenager.

Thursday afternoon, a 16-year-old boy accidentally shot his relative, 16-year-old Darneisha Williams, while playing with a gun inside of a home on Brady Street. Williams was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was last listed in critical condition.

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