A 12-year-old Florida boy accused of fatally shooting a girl in the side of the head with a shotgun during a dare was charged with manslaughter.
The boy, identified by WJAX as Tyron Calhoun, was arrested Friday in connection with the April 30 shooting of Ramya Eunice, 12. Jacksonville police said Calhoun, then 11, shot Eunice in the ear and on the left side of her head while they attended a sleepover, WJXT reported.
An affidavit obtained by First Coast News alleged that the children were joking around in the living room when Calhoun went outside and retrieved a shotgun hidden underneath the home. Upon returning, witnesses said he pointed the weapon at everyone in the room.
Calhoun reportedly said, “say I won’t,” as he pointed the gun. One of the bystanders said, “you won’t,” before the 11-year-old pulled the trigger and struck Eunice in the head, the affidavit alleged.
Doctors reportedly deemed Eunice brain dead after completing surgery and the family opted to take her off of life support in late May.
“She went quickly,” cousin Davett Gordon told The Florida Times-Union at the time. “As soon as they took her off, it wasn’t five minutes before she was gone.”
The medical examiner determined the 12-year-old’s death a homicide in May. Police issued a warrant for Calhoun on October 17 and took him into custody on the 27th, according to WJXT.
“I’m really grateful something was done. Someone needs to be accountable for this,” the victim’s mother, Teresa Gordon told the station.
“She didn’t deserve it.”
First Coast News reported that Calhoun will not be tried as an adult.
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