Baton Rouge police on Friday arrested a man accused of shooting his teenage cousin while playing with a gun, leaving the boy with life-threatening injuries.
The teenager and his cousin, 18-year-old Nehemiah Shavers, were playing with a pistol at a Nebraska Street address when Shavers fired the gun, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department’s report. The victim was shot in the torso and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
An update on his condition was not available Saturday, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
Shavers admitted to pointing the gun at the victim, but said he thought it was empty, according to the report.
Shavers told police he bought the Smith and Wesson 44 magnum pistol “off the street” for $100, the report says. A gun with the same serial number was stolen in a burglary earlier this year, McKneely said.
Shavers, 3003 E. Mason Ave. Apt. 3, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of negligent injuring, illegal use of a weapon and illegal possession of stolen things. His bail information was not immediately available in online jail records.