ORLANDO, Fl. – Police in Orlando say a teen riding a hoverboard and holding a gun, apparently lost his balance and shot and killed his 13-year-old relative.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in Orange County, police were called to a home in Orlando on Sunday after a report that a boy was accidentally shot in the back of the head.
The report says 13-year-old Lovardo Fisher and 18-year-old Brandon Louis were in a bedroom playing video games. Louis told investigators that he found a gun under a bed and while riding a hoverboard, lost his balance. The gun “went off” and the bullet struck Fisher in the back of the head.
The teen was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He died Monday from his injury.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Louis is Lovardo’s cousin.
Police say the gun belonged to Walter Morame, a convicted felon who was not home at the time of the shooting. Morame, 35, has since been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Other charges are pending, while the Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigates the case. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office is making a plea. “We want people to be responsible about their guns, how they lock them up, because this is a terrible and tragic example of kids playing with guns,” said Jane Watrel, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Sources tell WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando, that Fisher is the stepson of an Orange County deputy. “It is a sad day for the Sheriff’s department,” Watrel says.