Police chief urges gun safety after 2 deadly accidental shootings

Police chief urges gun safety after 2 deadly accidental shootings

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials want to remind people about gun safety following two accidental shootings about a day apart that resulted in the deaths of two teenagers.

"When you have senseless tragedies like this happen, it's always tough," Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said. "It's tough on the families, it's tough on our community who have to deal with something that just didn't have to happen. This could have easily been avoided."

The first shooting happened Thursday evening. Investigators said Darneisha Williams, 16, was shot in the head at her home by a relative. Police reports stated a teenaged boy was playing with a gun when the shooting happened. Williams died at the hospital Saturday. Detectives said they later learned the gun was stolen.

The 16-year-old suspect has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on charges of negligent homicide, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile. His name has not been released

The second accidental shooting happened Friday night. The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Gerald Levi, 17, was shot and killed. Byron Devore, 20, was arrested in connection with the shooting.

According to investigators, Devore was holding a gun and on FaceTime on his cell phone when the weapon accidentally fired and hit Levi in the head. Police said Levi was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Devore is charged with negligent homicide. He was released from jail Sunday after posting a $50,000 bond.

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