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Teen Dead, Russian Roulette Game Likely Led To 16-Year-Old Detroit Boy's Fatal Shooting, Police Say

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Tragedy struck Tuesday after a game with a gun turned deadly for a group of Detroit teenagers.

That's when a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in a home on the east side near Vernor Highway and Van Dyke St. Police say the group was likely playing Russian Roulette, where an individual aims a gun at himself and fires after one bullet is loaded and the cylinder is spun, hoping it landed on an empty chamber.

His mother thought he was in school that morning, WXYZ-TV reports.

According to WWJ Newsradio 950, Detroit Police Inspector Dwayne Blackmon said Tuesday witness statements and evidence were still being gathered but it initially appeared that the teens were playing the dark game of chance.

“You have a group of teenagers together and, for whatever reason, they decide to start playing with a weapon, you know --that’s the elements of disaster,” Blackmon told the news outlet.

According to WDIV-TV, a trail of bullets led out of the house when officers arrived on the scene.

Another teen ran away with the gun, though he turned himself in and the gun was recovered.

"He was a very good kid ... I guess he just got into the hands of the wrong crowd," Meda Winfield told WXYZ about the boy who was killed, her cousin.

"His mom is down there just, you know, she's hurt," she said. "What mom wouldn't be, to get called from work, and to know that I'm thinking my son's at school, and now he's dead."

A similar incident happened in Michigan two months ago. In March, a 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot by another teen in Ottawa County, an area west of Grand Rapids. He died of his injuries several days later, according to Fox 17. The local TV station reports the boys had been playing a version of Russian Roulette.

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