Police officials say that a gun-toting 18-year-old, Brandon Louis of Orlando, Florida, accidentally shot his cousin in the back of the head after losing his balance on a hoverboard, reported the Daily Mail. Lavardo Fisher, 13 – also of Orlando – was at a relative’s house playing a video game on Sunday when Louis suddenly found a gun underneath a bed in the house.
Louis began playing with the gun as he was riding a hoverboard in the same room Fisher was occupying. When he suddenly lost his balance, the gun went off, causing him to accidentally shoot his cousin in the back of the head. Paramedics were immediately called to the scene at approximately 1 p.m., where they say Fisher wasn’t breathing. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, but the teen was pronounced dead the following day just shortly after 11 p.m.
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Fisher’s death marks the eighth gunshot fatality in the past week in Orange County, reported Orlando Sentinel. His two cousins, which includes Louis, that were at the scene initially told investigators that a man, named Skeet, who they met at the basketball court the previous day, came to their house and accidently shot the teen in the head. However, when police officials were having difficulties corroborating their stories, the pair admitted that it was Louis who lost his balance on the hoverboard, causing the gun he was holding to go off, striking Fisher in the back of the head.
Three women, who are believed to be mentally challenged – were present in the home during the time of the shooting and told investigators that they heard the gun go off. They also said that they heard one of the teens say, “What’s the plan?” As of yet, Louis nor the other teen has been arrested in the shooting death of Fisher. However, the owner of the gun, Walter Morame, 35, who is Fisher’s uncle, was arrested on charges of possession of a weapon, although he was not present during the time of the shooting. Morame is a convicted felon and is not permitted to carry a gun.
Neighbor Tony Snellings told reporters that he heard the gun go off just moments after arriving at his home. He said he spoke with Fisher’s father and said that “He’s pretty devastated. He called me and I just told him he needed to get home, and told him what was going on and about five minutes later I saw him running down the street, and he was pretty messed up about it.”
After the teen’s sudden death, his football coach, Lo Wood, described him as a precocious teen who had a lot of friends at Ocoee Middle School and excelled academically. He said “You has everything you can ask for, you know from the home front, you know to the brains to the academics to the athleticism. He had it. He strived to be the best, so they knew when he came around he always was, we have this motto called the Four H’s. Stay humble, stay hungry, keep your head up when things get tough and have fun. That was Lavardo.”
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“When you think of Lavardo, you think, “This is the kid I want my daughter to marry, this is the kid I want my daughter to go to prom with. He wash humble.”
“You think guns and you think negative — but that’s not Lavardo. A lot of stuff starts at home and he had a great home and family. I can’t even fathom — it’s just crazy in this society,” Wood added.
“I don’t understand why people are that brave to even pick up a gun. And when it gets down to kids, that’s crazy. When it gets to that point, something has to be done.”
An investigation is ongoing.
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