An Atlanta teen is dead after he accidentally shot himself while filming LIVE on Instagram.
“I heard a big boom,” his mother Shaniqua Stephens said. “I couldn’t tell if it was a gun shot or what.”
Stephens immediately rushed upstairs with her daughter to find her son in a pool of blood. His phone was still streaming Instagram Live.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” Stephens WXIA News “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
His mother recalls that she had just watched her 13-year-old son, Malachi Hemphill, take out the trash Monday evening and later heard the gunshot.
The teen was live on Instagram holding a gun when it suddenly went off. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.
“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.”
Stephens told WXIA News that someone told him to put a clip in the gun during alive video and he did.
His mother doesn't believe he intentionally tried to kill himself and thinks it was just an accident.
Detectives are trying to figure out how Malachi got a hold of the gun.
“Monitor their phones, just monitor your children,” Stephens said. “More now than anything.”