JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 13 year-old girl was killed over the weekend after an 11-year-old boy who was playing with the gun shot her in the head.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Jamarius Vining was playing with a loaded .22 caliber handgun on Saturday afternoon and shot 13-year-old Titania Mitchell, killing her instantly.
"Inside the house there was a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old, a 9-year-old, and a 1-year-old with no adult supervision," says Lt. Rob Schoonover with JSO's homicide unit. He added that they had been unsupervised for approximately an hour before the shooting happened.
Police arrested Jamarius' mother, 28-year-old Trashonda Richardson, and her boyfriend, 39-year-old Eric Pearlman and has charged them with culpable negligence and improper storage of a firearm. The police report states that Pearlman admitted to keeping the .22 caliber handgun unsecured in his closet among some shorts as well as a loaded shotgun between the headboard of the bed and wall.
JSO says Titania was at the home visiting some of the other children, with whom she was friends.
On Sunday night WOKV received a statement from Duval County Public School superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti saying that FCAT testing at La Villa School of the Arts, where Mitchell was a student, will be postponed until Tuesday while the school deals with the loss.
JSO says they're not sure why Richardson and Pearlman left the children unattended at home.