Malachi Hemphill, 13, had just returned to his room when his mother and sister heard a loud bang. When they ran upstairs to investigate, they found the teen had accidentally shot himself.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” said his mother, Shaniqua Stephens. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
Hemphill was rushed to the hospital where he would be pronounced dead. Turns out Hemphill was live on Instagram while handling a gun when someone watching asked why he didn’t have a clip in the gun.
“As he put the clip in the gun, that is when the gun went off,” said Stephens.
Police are now trying to find out where the teen got the gun. Stephens heard he got the gun from a friend who got it from someone else. She also said she and her husband tried to monitor Hemphill’s friends and online activities, but that he would make multiple online profiles.
“It can happen to the best parents,” said the teen’s stepfather. “It can happen to the best people.”Tags: Crime, Instagram, Malachi Hemphill. Georgia, online, Shooting