A 14-year-old DeKalb County boy who died of a gunshot wound Monday inside a northwest Atlanta apartment may have accidentally shot himself, officials said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the boy as Mi’Tavius Smith, of Decatur. The examiner’s office said it has not yet ruled on the manner of death, but police said they believe the teen may have accidentally shot himself.
Officers responded to the apartment at 407 Sunset Ave. about 5:15 p.m. after getting a call about the shooting, according to Atlanta police. They arrived to find the teen already dead, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.
Investigators said three teens were inside of the apartment at the time and that the victim had been holding a firearm. It’s unclear where the teen obtained the gun or who owned it.
The two other males inside the location remained on scene and were subsequently interviewed, Officer Jones said. The two witnesses told police that the victim discharged the firearm, killing himself, she said. But she did not say where the boy shot himself.
“At this point in the investigation it appears that the victim shot himself,” Officer Jones said. Still, police said they are waiting the autopsy for an official ruling.
The teenager was visiting family and friends at the time of the shooting, police Capt. Paul Guerrucci told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dozens of relatives, friends and neighbors gathered for hours near the intersection of Sunset Avenue and John Street, awaiting more details and consoling each other, the paper reported. A woman identified only as the teen’s mother arrived Monday night and was being comforted by others while being escorted to a patrol car.