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South Dakota Teen Dalton Williams Allegedly Shot Dead by Friend Braiden McCahren Over Paintball Game

December 20, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Dalton WilliamsA South Dakota teenager is behind bars and facing a first-degree murder charge after allegedly shooting his friend dead with a shotgun after an argument over a paintball game.

The Associated Press reports that 16-year-old Braiden McCahren allegedly shot Dalton Williams, also 16, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at McCahren’s family home in Pierre. The boys, who were classmates at Riggs High School, had been arguing over a paintball game and playfully wrestling just before the deadly shooting occurred.

A 16-year-old witness who was hanging out in McCahren’s home told police that the accused killer grabbed a semi-automatic shotgun, pointed it at him and pulled the trigger. The gun clicked, signaling that it wasn’t loaded. McCahren then allegedly loaded the gun and pointed it at the witness again. The witness heard another click.

Frightened, the witness tried to leave McCahren’s home. As he was attempting to exit through a sliding glass door, Williams stepped between him and McCahren. The witness told police that the gun then fired and he saw a splatter. He fled the house and called 911.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and rushed Williams to the hospital. He died later.

Pierre Police Chief Bob Grandpre told reporters that police, Pierre School District personnel and mental health professionals are assisting Riggs High students and the community.

The shooting is the latest in a series of seemingly senseless gun violence incidents being reported in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Last week, a Florida man was shot by police after he refused to drop a rifle he’d pointed at a female neighbor who allegedly mocked the size of his penis. Last Saturday, 3-year-old Ryder Rozier accidentally shot himself to death with a gun he found in the home of his uncle, an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman. On Tuesday, a conversation about the Sandy Hook shooting led a Missouri barber shop patron to open fire on another customer who he thought was threatening him. And on Sunday, a customer complaining about the service at a Florida Little Caesar’s pizza shop was shot twice by the man in line behind him.

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