Detectives said 15-year-old Devin Hodges was showing his friends a handgun when he accidentally fired a shot, which hit 17-year-old Chad Carless. Hodges then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Police ID 2 teen boys killed in Gwinnett shootings

An accidental shooting in Lawrenceville on Monday afternoon killed one teenage boy and led to the death of another, police said. 

The teens have been identified by police as Chad Carless, 17,  and Devin Hodges, 15, both of Lawrenceville.  

The incident happened when a group of teen boys were in a “makeshift shed” on a property on Riverlanding Circle around 4 p.m., Gwinnett police spokeswoman Ashley Wilson said at the scene. The area is a residential subdivision near Sugarloaf Parkway and Old Norcross Road. 


Detectives said Hodges was showing a group a handgun when he accidentally fired a shot, Detective David Smith said in a statement. The shot hit his friend, Carless, who was sitting next to him in the cramped shed.

The other boys left the shed, and one called 911. 

“Carless succumbed to his injuries before help could arrive,” Smith said. “As officers were arriving on scene, Hodges was seen running between two homes, where he then took his own life with the handgun.”

The shootings are still under investigation. 

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