The number of violent crimes is on the rise in almost every single state across America and people are concerned because of the rising number of minors involved in such cases. Today, almost every adult country-wide can easily get permit and buy weapon and experts believe this is the major reason for the increasing trend in violent crime cases.
The current gun violence situation is pretty concerning and this was once again confirmed few days ago when the 11-year-old Elyjah was shot and killed by his ‘best friend’, who is 12-year-old, while they were playing together along with several other children. Witnesses say the shooting resulted after a fight the children had over the games they were playing.
The deadly shooting incident took place in Georgia while the minors were playing together just next to the apartment complex where they were living. According to multiple sources, the investigation showed the children were walking in a group before the 12-year-old shot his friend to death.
Following the incident, the 12-year-old boy who shot and killed his best friend was arrested and charged as a juvenile with murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and cruelty to children, among other charges. Because of his age, the identity of the 12-year-old shooter was not revealed by the authorities.
The incident was devastating for the victim’s family, not only because the minor was shot and killed, but also because the family recently moved to Georgia away from crime in Illinois. But in the end, violence found the minor here. According to the victim’s mother, identified as K. Munson, they decided to move to Georgia after her parents insisted to rise her children there, thinking Georgia is much safer environment for rising children and their future development.
“This is too much for me. My baby was 11,” Munson said. “We left Chicago to try to escape gang activity. I truly think this was an accident. He should not have had a gun,” pleaded Elyjah’s grandmother.
Munson’s other son, who is 12 years old, was together with his brother and the group of children at the time of the incident. “He witnessed it and he just kept saying ‘They left my brother lying there.’ This is crazy,” Munson said. Luckily, no one else was hurt in the shooting.
Although the recent deadly incident is rising concerns over the children’s safety in general, Munson believes that the shooter didn’t intentionally shoot her son and she doesn’t want the child to face murder charges. She went even further claiming that she won’t allow him to face those charges referring to the shooter as his son’s best friend.
“We already lost one,” she said. “It doesn’t make sense to lose two.”
Investigators said that multiple people witnessed the incident. Neighbors on that street say Elyjah, the 12-year-old and other boys were playing after school that day. They say the 12-year-old began playing with a gun. Neighbors say he pointed it at Elyjah’s head, Elyjah jerked away and that’s when he was shot in the head.
Just like many other parents, Munson believes that such incidents happen because children have way to easy access to guns. The lack of gun safety training is also another major reason leading to this type of incidents. As of now, it remains unclear who owned the gun and how the 12-year-old boy was able to get it. The local police department said this is all still under investigation and the office is still putting their case together.