A 16-year-old Gulfport, MS teenager admits he shot his 6-year-old brother to scare him so he could play a video game on his cell phone.
Albert Deonta Craft III claims he was trying to scare little Zaylan Sparkman when he pointed a gun at the child and shot him.
The shooting happened at the family home on Sabine Street on Friday.
Albert and Zaylan were in the laundry room of the home. Zaylan was sitting on a washing machine playing a game on his cell phone when Albert aimed a .38 pistol at the boy.
Albert admits he knew the gun was loaded with 2 rounds but he didn’t think the bullets were close to the hammer.
He told police he was trying to provoke a reaction from the child.
He pulled the trigger once and nothing happened. Then he pulled the trigger again and the weapon discharged, striking Zaylan in the abdomen.
Albert frantically gathered his brother in his arms and ran to a next door neighbor’s house, pleading for help.
Paramedics rushed Zaylan to a hospital where he died Friday evening.
Officers arriving on the scene heard Albert tell his mother he killed his brother.
Albert will be arraigned on manslaughter charges next Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail UK. He faces 2-20 years in prison if convicted.