Authorities said the boy took the gun away from him before he fired again from inside a Chestnut Street apartment.
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Authorities have charged a 16-year-old Erie boy with adultery in the Saturday night shooting and killing of his 14-year-old girlfriend at a Chestnut Street apartment.
1611 Chestnut St. In a fatal shooting in 1611, Riley R. of Erie. Erie police charged Shearer with two counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and possession of an instrument of crime by a minor.
The girl, whose name was not released in Shearer’s criminal complaint and was identified only by the initials AK, was killed by a shotgun blast to the head while handling a weapon in a bedroom in one of the two apartments, officials said. Located in Chestnut Street Duplex.
According to an affidavit attached to Shearer’s criminal complaint, after the owner of the gun had previously taken the weapon from him, Shearer was waving the gun around when it was gone. Shearer is described in the affidavit as the victim’s boyfriend.
Shearer told detectives who interviewed him after the shooting that he was trying to “clear” the gun or “believed it was safe” when he fired it, detectives wrote in the affidavit.
“I killed her,” Shearer told witnesses in the apartment, according to the affidavit.
Shearer, who authorities said was taken into custody, had not been arraigned as of Tuesday morning. Erie police charged him as an adult under the Fisher Bill, a state law that allows juveniles to be charged as adults for a violent crime.
According to the Erie School District, Shearer is a freshman at Erie High School. The Millcreek District says the victim is an eighth grader at Walnut Creek Middle School in the Millcreek Township School District.
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Erie police charged Shearer with a first-degree felony. That charge carries a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The five misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment Shearer faces, all second-degree misdemeanors, are related to the five other people who were inside the Chestnut Street apartment Saturday night when he was discharged with the shotgun, police said.
Authorities said Shearer, a 14-year-old girl and another 16-year-old boy went to hang out at 1611 Chestnut St. Saturday afternoon. Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarni said four adults, including a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old who lived in the apartment, were home at the time.
The shooting took place at 7.42 pm on Saturday
The shotgun was legally owned by the occupant of the apartment
Erie police officers arrived at the duplex four minutes after the shooting was reported and found a 14-year-old girl dead in the bedroom, shot to death, Spizarni said.
Investigators said Shearer, the victim and another person were in the bedroom when Shearer found the gun. While handling the weapon, it discharged a round, which struck the girl, Spizarni said.
Erie County Coroner Lyall Cook said the girl was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
Erie police seized a legally owned shotgun from one of the residents of the apartment, Erie Police Deputy Chief Rick Lora said Tuesday.
According to information in Shearer’s criminal complaint, the shotgun was in a bedroom closet when Shearer picked it up and began handling it. One of the residents of the apartment took the gun from Shearer, told him not to touch it, and put it in another part of the bedroom, according to the complaint. Shearer later retrieved the gun and was handling it when the weapon discharged, when the girl fired, investigators said.
Everyone who was in the apartment at the time of the shooting was taken to the Erie police station and questioned following the shooting, Laura said.
He said the firing was continuing.
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