WARREN, Mich. – A 15-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder after allegedly fatally shooting a 10-year-old boy in the chest in Warren last week.
Christopher Deshawn Simmons, of Detroit, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearms, officials said. The second-degree murder charge mandates a life sentence in prison.
Simmons reportedly turned himself in to police on July 22 just hours after 10-year-old Orran “O.J.” Baugh was shot in the chest.
According to authorities at around 1:05 p.m. the child was shot at the Warren Manor Apartments in the 21500 block of Dequindre Road. The boy died at 2:22 p.m. after being transported to a children’s hospital, officials said.
Police said there were 10 children in the apartment at the time. Their ages ranged from 5 years old to 17 years old.
Police said the shooter, now identified as Simmons, turned himself in to authorities about five hours after the shooting happened.
Seven juveniles and one 17-year-old girl left the police station after being questioned last week. Police said there were no adults in the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Police previously said they believe the shooting was an accident. A weapon has been recovered from the scene.
Simmons is currently on probation for bringing a gun to school, officials said.
Simmons is being held on a $500,000 bond and is being housed at the Macomb County Juvenile Detention Facility. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 11.
Neighbors had previously complained about the Warren apartment and the unattended children several times. An employee of Warren Manor said they tried to call the renter last Wednesday to issue another warning but there was no answer.
Officials say this is the second fatal shooting at the apartment complex in eight months.
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