BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man investigators say is responsible for the tragic ending of a birthday celebration has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison to face murder charges in the death of a 16-year-old boy.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Darius Plummer, 16, of Baton Rouge. Louisiana State Police identified the suspect as Octavio Bringas, 49. He is charged with second-degree murder.
"I can't believe it; I can't believe it," said Derrick Ambrose, the victim's cousin. "I'm trying to grasp it right now."
Ambrose added that Plummer left his home Monday morning to go to a friend's house. Investigators reported Plummer lived on North Harrells Ferry Road near South Sherwood Forrest Boulevard and I-12.
"His friend picked him up to go over there to celebrate and next thing you know, he's on the floor," Ambrose said.
Deputies said the shooting happened at Bringas' apartment complex on Southpark Drive near Airline Highway Service Road on Monday just before 1 p.m. They said Plummer was found shot in the head and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
"Our detectives began working very quickly to interview those that were here at the apartment complex and they developed the suspect," said Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman for EBRSO.
He said that he was "not coming back and would not talk to police," Bringas allegedly told a relative.
The probable cause report notes that Bringas is an "undocumented person living in the United States."
The Louisiana State Police Fugitive Apprehension Task Force captured Bringas along I-10 in Lake Charles less than three hours after the shooting. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center, state police said.
Bringas is believed to be the father of the friend Plummer was visiting. Bringas told detectives he was playing with a gun when he mistakenly fired it.
It's not an easy pill for the Plummer family to swallow.
"Why would a grown man be playing with a gun around a kid anyway? Why? For what?" Ambrose asked.
Now, relatives want more answers and justice for a young man killed on his birthday.
"I've been knowing him since he was a little baby. He's an outgoing kid, always clowning, joking around, goofing off every now and then. And to hear this out the blue, it's shocking," Ambrose explained.