Newark man arrested in shooting of 15-year-old
Tragic story about the apparent accidental shooting of a boy by a 19-year-old with a military rifle in the apartment below.
A 19-year-old man said he accidentally fired the military-style rifle that killed a Newark teenager in his bed this morning, Newark police announced this afternoon.
Bukhari Washington, 15, was pronounced dead after being found in his bed in a second-floor apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. Police said the bullet was fired from the apartment below, penetrating the ceiling of that apartment and the floor of Bukhari’s apartment before striking him.
Perry told police he’d obtained the gun on the street, but investigators are trying to corroborate his story and determine whether he indeed fired the gun by accident. He has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, along with illegal gun possession.
Mayor Booker issued a statement today on the shooting.
“The death of 15-year-old Bukhari Washington is tragic and unacceptable. Our prayers and condolences go out to this young man’s family. This violent incident is further proof of the work that still lies before us, and the importance of passing and enforcing legislation to curb access to illegal firearms on the streets of New Jersey’s cities. For now, in Newark, we will continue our uncompromising efforts to eliminate gun violence, and claim for our city the peace and security that our residents deserve.”