A boy shot on FaceTime has been identified as Blake Hannett, a 15-year-old boy from Lynwood, Illinois. The teen was reportedly chatting online with a friend on Thursday evening when he shot himself in the head with a.38 caliber gun. He died at the scene of the shooting as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police who responded to the home for a report of shots fired discovered his lifeless body at his desk. The weapon had fallen to the floor beneath his chair.
According to ABC 11 Eyewitness News, Hannett’s family believes the boy was on FaceTime when he heard a noise in the home. The family said he took a weapon that was kept in the home and went looking for a potential intruder after hearing the noise. When he returned to his bedroom, he laid the gun down on a surface and it accidentally discharged.
Hannett’s family said the boy’s shooting death on FaceTime was an accident. However, Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled the death a suicide, reported New York Daily News. It is unknown whether his friend witnessed the boy’s fatal shooting on FaceTime. If so, how much did he see? Police have declined to release that information to the media.
The deceased was a sophomore at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. The school posted a message on its website as a tribute to Blake Hannett, the boy shot on FaceTime.
“The Marian Catholic Community grieves the unexpected loss of sophomore student, Blake Hannett, who passed away on Thursday night, Dec. 11. His friendly outgoing personality and sense of humor helped to promote a team spirit both in the classroom and in the band. His million dollar smile and joyful spirit will be missed in the hallways of Marian Catholic but never forgotten. We are deeply saddened by his death. Counselors are available to the Marian student body throughout the day on Friday and in the future.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, an Indiana teen shot himself at the home of a friend while playing a solitaire game of Russian roulette. The 17-year-old boy reportedly produced a gun while the other teens in the home were playing video games and loaded a single bullet into the chamber. After spinning the cylinder, he pressed the weapon against his temple and fired it. Neither residents at the home nor emergency personnel were able to revive the teen. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. The victim was identified as former Kokomo High School student Leroy Young.
Police are still investigating the tragic death of Blake Hannett, the boy shot on FaceTime.
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