Teen charged in fatal shooting of friend didn’t think gun would fire without magazine

KMOV.com

A 17-year-old boy is facing charges for the fatal shooting of his best friend at a St. Louis apartment Saturday afternoon, and although the teen admitted to putting the gun to his friend’s head and pulling the trigger, he told police he did not believe it would fire without the magazine inserted.

Edward Hatcher, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 2 p.m., and his best friend, Cliff Edwards, also 17, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. Edwards is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Carlisia Eason lives next door to Hatcher and her family heard the gunshot.

“My sister opened the door and she heard someone was screaming, ‘Call the police he got shot in the head,’” Eason told reporters.

It’s unclear to whom the gun belonged or how the teens gained access to it.

[ KMOV ]