Authorities in central Georgia believe a teen killed early Saturday was likely shot by an acquaintance engaged in “horseplay” with a gun.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allison Selman-Willis said deputies were dispatched around 1:30 a.m. to a home on Old Rumble Road, where they found 17-year-old Gabryon Walker with a gunshot wound.
Walker died about an hour later at Medical Center Navicent Health.
“Two other teens who were present when the shooting occurred told deputies that the suspect fled on foot into some nearby woods,” Selman-Willis said in an emailed statement.
The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Kaleb Oliver Greene, was located “several hours later” at a home in Houston County. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, pointing a gun at another and reckless conduct.
The Macon Telegraph reported that witnesses told authorities Greene was engaged in “horseplay” with a gun when it fired. Selman-Willis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that preliminary investigation suggests he was “being reckless with the weapon.”
“It’s still fairly early in the investigation and we are trying to determine exactly what happened that lead up to the shooting,” she said.
Monroe County is about 70 miles south of Atlanta, just north of Macon.
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