CHICAGO (STMW) — A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday by the estate of a man who was shot by a friend who was attempting to remove bullets from a firearm.
On April 5, 2009, Deonta Mansheck was at an Englewood neighborhood home when a friend shot him while attempting to remove bullets from a firearm, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
A witness told police at the time that they were walking down a hallway in the home when a gunshot was heard. They ran into the room where the shooting occurred and just before Mansheck lost consciousness, he pointed to his friend and said to the witness “he shot me,” according to police.
Police said at the time all three were friends and they didn’t think the boy hand any intent to do harm.
The friend, who was 15 years old at the time, faced charges in the death of Mansheck as well as weapons charges, according to news reports.
The suit claims that the boy carelessly and negligently aimed and discharged a weapon at Mansheck, as well as violating the city of Chicago’s laws by possessing a handgun within city limits.
The fourteen-count suit also names owners of the home, Kathy Davis and Erika M. Brown as well as Hattie M. Johnson, who owned or possessed the firearm.
The suit seeks more than $650,000 in damages.
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