Man Dead After Toddler Given Gun, Told to Chase Him

The man who allegedly gave the 3-year-old the gun has been charged with murder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2017 4:45 PM CDT
Man Dead After Toddler Given Gun, Told to Chase Him
Albert Davis is seen in an undated photo provided by the Aiken County, SC, Detention Center.   (Aiken County Detention Center via AP)

Authorities say they have charged a man with murder after he gave a 3-year-old boy a gun and told him to chase the victim around the yard of a South Carolina home. Aiken County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Shunn said witnesses told deputies that 24-year-old Timothy Johnson was shot in the chest Tuesday afternoon after the gun fired while the child was carrying it outside a home in Warrenville. Shunn said in a statement that 31-year-old Albert Davis is charged with murder, possession of a stolen handgun, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Shunn told the AP that deputies are still investigating why Davis gave the child the gun and whether Davis was angry at Johnson. (Read more murder stories.)

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