Teen fatally shoots 14-year-old brother while taking social media photos

A 17-year-old reportedly fatally shot by his 14-year-old brother at a Yale Avenue home in Dayton. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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A 17-year-old reportedly fatally shot by his 14-year-old brother at a Yale Avenue home in Dayton. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

911 call: ‘My son’s friend just got shot accidentally.’

A 17-year-old boy shot and killed his younger brother Monday night, apparently while they were taking photographs for social media, police said.

“It’s another tragedy. We have a 14-year-old male who was shot in the head and unfortunately passed away from the gunshot wound,” Dayton police Maj. Brian Johns said Tuesday afternoon during a press briefing.

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The gunshot victim’s name has not been released.

Dayton police and medics were dispatched at 7:12 p.m. to the 600 block of Yale Avenue after a woman who called 911 said she needed an ambulance and police.

“My son’s friend just got shot accidentally,” she said.

The 17-year-old could not be found following the shooting. Detectives spoke to him Tuesday, but he was not overly cooperative, Johns said.

“We do believe that the gunshot occurred from horseplay. We don’t right now believe it was intentional,” he said.

The evidence suggests the teens were posing with a gun while taking photos for social media.

“We’ll see social media photographs where young folks, they’re brandishing firearms, money and posting things like that. And we believe so far from evidence that was recovered that was occurring here,” Johns said.

Two adults were in the home when the shooting happened but were not aware the teens had a gun, he said.

No charges have been filed. Police are still investigating how the teens got the gun and who owned it.

But one fact is clear, Johns said.

“That weapon was loaded and they mishandled it and pulled the trigger, and now a young man has lost his life,” he said.

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