Police: Teens 'playing' with gun leaves 1 dead, 1 charged with negligent homicide

Police: Teens 'playing' with gun leaves 1 dead, 1 charged with negligent homicide
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)
Brian Banks (Source: Banks family)
Brian Banks (Source: Banks family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A teen is dead after a shooting at an apartment complex early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

The East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office identified the victim as Brian Banks, 15.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the shooting happened at Hooper Pointe Apartments, which are located on Hooper Road near Plank Road, just before 3:30 a.m.

Witnesses said one person was taken into custody. One witness described what happened.

"We were asleep and my girlfriend heard a shot," Ron Banks said. "She woke us up. We made it to the hallway. When we made it to the hallway, we saw him coming up the hallway. Blood was just coming from everywhere. He was still up, conscious, talking and I asked him, 'Did you want to go outside to catch some air?' We sat on the steps and by that time, the police officers made it. They made me leave. Then, we just got the news that he didn't make it."

Ron Banks added the suspected shooter admitted to it and that the victim and suspect were friends. He also said it is something "strange and shaky" and he hopes investigators are able to get to the bottom of what happened.

Police say 17-year-old Kevin Aguillard has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide and illegal use of a weapon.

Officials say Aguillard and Banks were playing with the gun when it went off. Banks was shot in the face.

Brian Banks was a student at the Greenville Superintendent's Academy.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System issued a statement:

We were deeply saddened this morning to learn of the loss of one of our students in a shooting overnight. We have counseling professionals on hand in the school to provide support to the students as they deal with grieving the loss of their classmate. We are continuing to focus our efforts on expand programs offering support to East Baton Rouge Parish School System families in the hopes of preventing tragedies such as this one.

The investigation is ongoing.

Family and friends gathered Tuesday night for a vigil to remember Banks. It was held at the Hooper Pointe Apartments on Hooper Road.

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