Police in Miami are investigating the shooting deaths of two teenage brothers that occurred late Sunday night.
Family members told CBS4 News that 14-year-old Stephen Odeus shot his brother, 16-year-old Stanley Blanc, after the two fought over who could wear each other’s clothes.
After realizing what he had done — and before anyone could stop him — Stephen ran across the apartment complex and used the same gun to take his own life.
The teenagers’ older brother, Marc Blanc, told CBS4 News that it “started off as a small petty argument, but escalated into a fight.”
Kedner Louis, a friend of the family who was present at the scene, said that “Stanley wanted to wear Stephen’s clothes, Stephen didn’t want him to.”
He says family members separated the pair inside the apartment, but the fight spilled over into the grounds outside, where Stephen Odeus shot his brother Stanley.
“Right before my eyes, my brother just shot my other brother,” Blanc said. He saw Stephen run away, and shortly thereafter, heard another gunshot.
“I heard my second brother die, because he shot himself. In my mind, I think [Stephen] didn’t really mean to [shoot Stanley],” Blanc continued. “Nobody, that’s blood nobody wants to kill their own brother. At the same time, I’ve got mixed feelings about a lot of stuff right now. I really don’t know how to feel.”
At this time, police do not know who owned the gun Stephen used to kill himself and his brother, or whether it was purchased legally.
Watch a report on the tragedy via CBS4 News Miami below.
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