DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Police said a teenager faces a murder charge after shooting his twin brother in the face on Monday in a home in DeKalb County.
Police said 17-year-old Xavier Hayes was arrested and booked in DeKalb County Jail for felony murder and aggravated assault. His brother, 17-year-old Dimitri Hayes, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
At the scene, police described the shooting as “accidental.”
Three DeKalb County police patrol units were investigating at around 5 a.m. Monday in front of a home on Young Knoll Street.
Police initially said the 17-year-old boys were playing with a gun in their bedroom at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, and the boys didn’t realize the gun was loaded.
It fired and hit one boy in the face, killing him.
Police interviewed the surviving teen at DeKalb County police headquarters. It’s not clear what evidence led to police filing a murder charge.
It’s unclear who owns the gun.