Grandmother taken for questioning after teen dies from accidental shooting

- A teenager killed in what appears to be a tragic accident and a Detroit grandmother has been taken into custody.

At 5:20 p.m. Monday two police officers arrived to a west side of Detroit house where a 13-year-old was shot in the chest fatally on Tireman Street. The victim is Emarjae Watkins, a competitive chess player who won medals and trophies and was known as "EJ" for short.

Two teen boys, her 14 and one 15-year-old grandsons, were playing video games with the victim when the grandmother left for work leaving them alone.

Police say the boys got ahold of their grandmother's loaded gun from her bedroom on a nightstand. They were playing with it, possibly trying to scare Watkins when one of them allegedly accidentally shot him.

He died a short time later. Both teens were taken into custody and late this afternoon, the grandmother was taken into custody for questioning.

There has been no formal arrests, and the reason the grandmother was not originally taken into custody is that there is a theory police had that the bedroom door was locked and the teens would have had to break into the room to get to the gun.

Police have now taken her into custody for questioning.

If you would like to contribute to the Watkins family's GoFundMe page, CLICK HERE.
 


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