An apparent one-man game of Russian roulette ended fatally for a Kokomo teen late Thursday, according to a press release issued late Friday by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
At 11:58 p.m. Thursday, the Miami County Central Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting someone had shot himself at 4587 W. 1300 South, Galveston. Officers from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana State Police, emergency medical personnel from Dukes Memorial Hospital and the Galveston Fire Department responded.
Upon arrival, first responders discovered a 17-year-old Kokomo resident had suffered what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head. Despite lifesaving efforts by the occupants of the residence and first responders, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation into the teen’s death was initiated by the sheriff’s deputies. Information discovered by the officers indicated the teenager was an invited guest into the home, along with several other teenagers. They were in a bedroom playing video games when the victim produced a handgun. According to evidence and witnesses, he then began to handle the weapon in a dangerous manner. The weapon was loaded with one live round and the victim was spinning the cylinder. He then placed the weapon to his temple and pulled the trigger. One round was discharged into the victim’s temple, causing a fatal injury.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Miami County Sheriff’s investigators are working closely with the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Coroners Office.
UPDATE: The name of a former Kokomo High School teen who died in a shooting in southwest Miami County late Thursday was released.
Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said Leroy Young, 17, died of an apparent gunshot wound at the residence of an acquaintance at about midnight.
“The investigation is still in the early stages,” Miller said.
Because so many Kokomo High School students knew Young, the school had extra counselors available to talk with students Friday, said communications director Dave Barnes.