18-year-old charged after shooting cousin on Nebraska Street
BATON ROUGE – Police say an 18-year-old man was arrested Friday after they say he was playing with a stolen weapon and shot his cousin.
Baton Rouge Police charged Nehemiah Shavers with negligent injury, illegal use of a weapon and possession of stolen goods.
Officers were dispatched to Nebraska Street around 3:39 p.m. Friday in reference to a shooting. At the scene, officers learned that Shavers and his cousin were playing with a Shaver’s gun when the firearm went off. Shaver’s cousin received life-threatening injuries to the chest. No other information was released about the victims status.
Court documents reveal that Shavers later said he fired the gun at the victim thinking that the firearm was empty.
BRPD took Shavers into custody where he told officers that he recently purchased the gun off the street for $100. Investigators researched the gun’s serial number and discovered that the gun was stolen in a Baton Rouge burglary.