Teen accused of shooting victim in head, hiding handgun
BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge teenager was arrested Thursday after they say he shot another person Sunday afternoon.
According to arrest records, Baton Rouge Police officers were dispatched to Arbor Vitae Drive around 5:50 pm. Sunday in reference to a shooting inside of a home.
At the scene, officer found a victim inside a bedroom suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators were told that 17-year-old Debroderick Wallace was playing with a handgun and accidentally shot the victim. He then fled the scene with the gun before police arrived.
Later, a witness contacted police and said that Wallace and the victim were playing video games inside the home. Wallace was playing with the gun by pointing it at the victim. The witness told police that Wallace then “cocked” the handgun and fired a single shot.
According to BRPD, the single shot struck the victim in the head, causing serious brain injury.
Investigators say they also recovered a video recorded just before the shooting showing Wallace identifying himself by his name and pointing the handgun at the victim’s head. The arrest report says Wallace is shown saying that he is going to “flap his sh**.” The victim pushes the handgun away from his head several times before the video ends.
Police say Wallace turned himself in Thursday, accompanied by legal counsel. Wallace refused to make a statement about the incident or turn in the handgun used in the shooting.
Wallace was arrested and charged with negligent injuring, illegal use of a weapon and obstruction of justice.
Baton Rouge Police have not released any more information about the status of the victim.