HORN LAKE, Miss. — Horn Lake Police say a group of teenagers were playing with a loaded handgun when it accidentally fired, killing one and injuring another.
Jaquarius Harper, 17, was found unresponsive and died at the scene, police said. Another 17-year-old was taken to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition with a gunshot wound to his right arm.
The shooting happened about 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the 5200 block of Longwood Cove in the Twin Lakes subdivision of Horn Lake.
Police said "numerous juveniles" were playing with a loaded handgun when it fired one shot, striking both teens. The second teen is expected to be okay.
The investigation is ongoing but at this point, police said, the shooting appears to be a tragic accident. No charges have been filed.
Harper, known to friends as "Tootie," was a senior at Lake Cormorant High School and played on the varsity football team.
“The good ones die young, just like this," said one of his neighbors. "It’s just unbelievable.”
Harper lived close to her and was described by several neighbors as a friendly face with huge potential, and one to always show his manners and respect.
“He was an awesome kid. He was an awesome kid," said his neighbor. “It’s just sad. I pray for his family and I just think I have to pray for all of his friends. It hits you right in the middle of your own town.”
We reached out to the Cormorant High School for a statement but have not yet heard back.