JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida teen has been ordered to stay in a juvenile facility for fatally shooting a friend while playing with a gun.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the 15-year-old boy will go to a “high-risk” facility, which typically takes nine to 12 months to complete, but can go longer. He pleaded guilty in juvenile court last month to first-degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

Authorities say the teen and several friends were hanging out in an abandoned Jacksonville building in September, and the teen began pointing a gun around the room. The weapon fired once and hit 14-year-old Henry Atkins Jr. in the chest. The group helped Atkins to a nearby fire station. Rescue workers took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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