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No Charges For 11-Year-Old Who Accidentally Shot Friend

BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Police say no charges will be filed against the 11-year-old boy who accidentally shot his 15-year-old friend this weekend in Cherry Hill. But they still haven’t decided whether the man who owns the gun used in the shooting will face charges.

Family members feel the gun owner should be held responsible. They say if he’d done a better job securing his gun, the victim would be alive today.

15-year-old Michael Brooks dreamed of playing football, but his dreams were cut short Saturday morning when his 11-year-old friend accidentally shot him in the head during a sleepover party in Cherry Hill. His large family has been left devastated.

“He did not deserve this,” said one family member.

Michael’s family wants the gun owner to face charges for failing to properly secure a firearm.

“Something should be done. There’s no reason why someone shouldn’t be punished for what happened,” said uncle, Charles Horn.

The owner of the home where it happened did not want to talk on camera, but off camera he told WJZ he had his gun locked inside his bedroom while his 11-year-old nephew had a sleep over party.  He says the boys somehow managed to unlock the bedroom door and load the gun. He says that’s when his 11 year old nephew accidentally shot and killed Michael Brooks.

“When you look at a life taken senselessly so young it breaks your heart and it reminds us of the importance of keeping guns away from kids,” said Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

This incident is the latest in a series of accidental shootings. Last July, a 14-year-old was shot in the head while playing with his younger cousin in their Lutherville home.

In September, two Hagerstown teenagers were arrested after a two-year-old in their apartment shot himself in the chest with a handgun.

And in December, a 13-year-old was killed inside a Baltimore home while he and a friend were playing with a gun.

Statistics show each year more than 600 people die from accidental gunfire, most of them young children.

“We are pleading with individuals that own firearms, for the betterment of your families please lock those things up,” said police spokesperson, Anthony Gugliemi.

Police say they will consult with the state’s attorney’s office as they determine what, if any, charges should be filed against the owner of the gun used in Michael Brooks’ death.

The family needs help covering the cost of Michael Brooks’ funeral. Donations for the Michael Brooks fund can be sent to the Bailey Funeral Home on Annapolis Road in Halethorpe.

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  1. HR says:

    Another young life gone too soon. This is a tragic situation that is occuring way too often! His friend must be devastated. I cannot imagine what the boys family is going through right now – my heart goes out to the his family.

    1. tina says:

      thankyou its been hard for me and my family. its hard to believe hes gone. ive lived with mike my whole life and its hard without him here

    2. RIP MICHAEL says:

      THE SHOOTERS WASNT MICHAELS FRIEND

  2. bmoregyrl says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with family of both boys.

  3. b'morecareful says:

    Another tragedy the gun should have had a lock on it period. My heart goes out to the family and the little guy who made the mistake is going to need a lot of love&counseling.

  4. marian says:

    the kids get into a locked room find a gun and load it. this could have been me years ago but i had the bullets far away from the gun and both were locked up. however my son managed to get lock open and get the gun. i sold it the next day back to a dealer

  5. ridic says:

    no charges? what about the owner/parents of the gun?! or did the 11 y/o just happen to ‘find’ it? somone should be responsible for this!

    1. junior says:

      Can you not read? The boys BROKE into the room where the gun was. And the only ones responsible are the 11 and 15 year old.

      1. tina says:

        No!!! the 11 year old boy broke in the room and found the gun.the 15 year old never touched the gun. I cant believe how many people are saying its an accident. How can you accidently find a gun, load it, and then acidently shoot it. its no way. you need power and strenght in order to shoot a gun.

      2. RIP MICHAEL says:

        THE 15 YEAR OLD MICHAEL DIDNT BROKE INTO THE ROOM HE DIDNT KNOW BOUT THE GUN NOR DID HE PLAY WITH IT IT WAS MICHAELS 1ST TIME AT THE HOUSE

  6. cee says:

    rest in peace michael, it was a pleasure going through middle school & our first year of high school together. watch over your sister.❤

  7. alrightythen says:

    The boy went into a locked room, broke in, went searching thru someones belongings…finds a gun, loads a gun, shoots the gun, kills someone and no charges….white kid right?? don’t want to ruin his future do we.

  8. Dawn M Kosiek says:

    So how was it an accident?
    “they found a gun,loaded it” and pointed the gun in the direction of another individual and then he pulled the trigger. How is his action an accident?
    I am guessing he pretty much knew it was a gun,knew he loaded it and then he knew he was pointing it at someone and then he pulled the trigger. I do not see how it was an accident. the gun did not go off by itself, the kid pulled the trigger,after he loaded the weapon. So the issue seems to be keeping the kid involved away from a gun. Someone loaded the gun, pointed it and pulled the trigger in the direction of another.

    “He says the boys somehow managed to unlock the bedroom door and load the gun.”

    11 year old nephew accidentally shot and killed Michael Brooks

    “The owner of the home where it happened did not want to talk on camera, but off camera he told WJZ he had his gun locked inside his bedroom while his 11-year-old nephew had a sleep over party. He says the boys somehow managed to unlock the bedroom door and load the gun. He says that’s when his 11 year old nephew accidentally shot and killed Michael Brooks.

    “When you look at a life taken senselessly so young it breaks your heart and it reminds us of the importance of keeping guns away from kids,” said Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake”

    1. RIP MICHAEL says:

      ACCIDENT CANT BE PREVENTED BUT THIS COULD OF BEEN THO ESPECIALLY IF THE 11 YR OLD BOY GOT 1 OUT OF 22 GUNS BEFORE TAKING IT OUT SHOWING IT TO PEOPLE BUT THEN HE GETS A HOLD OF A GUN AGAIN THIS TIME KILLING SOMEONE BUT SAY ITS A ACCIDENT EXPLAIN HOW ITS A ACCIDENT HOW CAN A 11 YR OLD GET TO A GUN IN A LOCKED SAFE AND THE GUN BE UNLOADED THEN THE 11 YR OLD LOAD IT HOW DID HE KNOW WHAT BULLETS WENT TO WHAT GUN I THINK IT WAS LOADED THE WHOLE TIME AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE CHARGED FOR IT AND WITH THE GUN OWNER BEING IN THE SERVICE BEFORE HE SHOULD OF KNEW HOW TO LOCK UP HES GUNS BETTER THEN HE DID WHO CARES WHO HE WAS BACK IN THE DAY HE DIDNT DO HIS JOB HE NEEDS TO GO DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Melissa Aretakis Morgan says:

    What a tragedy. My heart breaks for his friends and family. May you rest in peace little man.

  10. kristi says:

    Is there any way for me to find out where micheal is being buried at ???? my son went threw middle and high school with him and we would like to pay our respects as he was just upset to go to the viewing

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