Accidental shooting kills 16-year-old; 17-year-old charged

ST. LOUIS – A 17-year-old has been charged with fatally shooting a 16-year-old while playing with a gun in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Tawan Smith was charged Tuesday with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the death of Maurtrell Wilkes.

Police say the shooting happened around 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Investigators initially thought it was a suicide or accident.

Smith is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.

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