13-year-old Ohio boy who fatally shot his friend charged with ‘reckless homicide’
A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Monday and charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of a friend, WCPO-TV reported.
The victim’s father identified him to WCPO as Hawken Hemmerle, also 13 years of age. The shooting reportedly happened inside the victim’s home when the two boys were playing with a loaded handgun.
WLWT-TV reported that the shooting ocurred around 2:15 p.m. on Monday. Hemmerle’s father’s girlfriend, who works as a nurse, called 911 while she was administering CPR to the victim.
Paramedics later took Hemmerle to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot to the head. The suspect has not been identified. Reckless homicide is classified as a third-degree felony charge in Ohio.
Authorities have not commented on how the two boys got access to the weapon, but a friend of the victim’s family, Samantha Smart, told WCPO that the suspect brought it to his home.
“For a kid just to walk into a home with a gun, you almost have to want to check your kid’s friends when they come into your house to make sure they have nothing in their bag that could hurt anybody in the home,” she was quoted as saying.
Watch a report on the shooting, as aired on WXIX-TV on Monday, below.