A US teen was livestreaming a video on Instagram when he accidentally shot himself dead.
Malachi Hemphill, 13, was rushed to Gracy Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he was pronounced dead, news station WXIA reported.
His mum, Shaniqua Stephens, was home when her son killed himself while handling the gun in his bedroom in Forest Park, Georgia on Monday evening. She said he had been trying to put a clip in the gun.
“I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was a gunshot or what,” Ms Stephens said.
She said she had just watched her son take out the rubbish moments before he went into his bedroom to record the video on Instagram Live.
When Ms Stephens heard the gun go off, she and her daughter ran upstairs to his bedroom, but the door was locked.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” Ms Stephens said. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mum, turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone, he was on Instagram Live.”
She said his friends who had been watching the livestream ran over to their home.
“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside,” she said. “I guess these were the kids that were watching on Live that live in the area. I guess when it happened, they just ran over here.”
Forest Park police are investigating how Malachi got hold of the gun.
This story originally appeared in The New York Post and has been republished here with permission.SOURCE: newsnow worldnews