Reportedly, a young teenage boy from Atlanta was playing around with a gun in front of his friends on Instagram Live, when all of a sudden, he shot himself dead right in his own bedroom as they all watched.
Mother Shaniqua Stephens expressed, “I heard a big boom, I couldn’t tell if it was a gun shot or what.”
Stephens mentioned that she had just watched her 13-year-old son, Malachi Hemphill, take out the trash, come back inside and go to his room, and that was when she heard the gunshot.
She then rushed upstairs with her daughter to find her son in a pool of blood. His phone was still streaming on Instagram Live.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just lying there in a pool of blood, my daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
Moreover, the teen was seen live on Instagram holding a gun when it suddenly went off, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
Many of the teen’s friends, who were watching when the shooting took place, rushed to his house.
Stephens also mentioned that she later found out that someone told him to put a clip in the gun during the live video and he did not back down.
Stephens believes it was an accident and not a suicide; detectives are currently working to find out how Malachi even got ahold of the gun.
Ultimately, Stephens is now urging parents to keep an attentive eye on what their children are doing. She communicated, “Monitor their phones, just monitor your children, more NOW than anything.”