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
Albert Davis is seen in an undated photo provided by the Aiken County, SC, Detention Center.   (Aiken County Detention Center via AP)

(Newser) – 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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