Teen Killed by Accidental Shot From BB Gun

Police investigating incident in Florida
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2020 1:21 PM CST
In Florida Tragedy, It's Death by BB Gun
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Family members of a 17-year-old boy killed with a BB gun are demanding answers of the man whose 8-year-old son fired the fatal shot. Ivan Johnson, 17, died Feb. 4, three days after he was accidentally shot in the left eye, according to police in Tampa, Florida. Johnson was riding in the front passenger seat of a car driven by an unidentified man, while the man's 8-year-old son and 10-year-old stepson rode in the backseat, report CNN and Bay News 9. As the man got out of the car to visit an ATM, police say his younger son grabbed a loaded Daisy 800 BB/pellet rifle, which went off. "I wasn't expecting it to be as detrimental as it was when I got to the hospital," Johnson's mother, Camisha Denny, tells WFLA.

Johnson was ultimately taken off life support. "We hope that he definitely is responsible for what he's done," Johnson's father, Solomon Johnson, says of the driver. "Even though it was an 8-year-old child that pulled the trigger, I think a responsible parent would have put the gun somewhere else and not in the backseat." No charges have been filed, though the incident remains under investigation. The driver has since reportedly left the area for Ft. Lauderdale. Meanwhile, some $5,000 has been raised for Johnson's family on GoFundMe. He was "the big brother, the best friend, the inspiration and the SMILE to all," the page reads, noting Johnson "was able to change the lives of 9 children and their families" as an organ donor. (This isn't the first such death.)

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