On Friday, a 16-year-old Florida teenager who has been accused of shooting a man in head as he was on his cell phone with a 911 dispatcher had charges against him upgraded to murder after the victim died in the hospital.
Connor Michael Lewis, 16, of Sanford, was first arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide for the Wednesday shooting of 18-year-old Artavious Quarterman, who ended up dying Friday at the hospital from his injuries, as police press release said.
Lewis called 911 around 8 o’clock Wednesday night to report a number of women banging on his door and window. Apparently, there was a conflict between him and his girlfriend. Lewis was heard over the phone saying, “Oh, you’re so scary. You’re so scary.”
Lewis told the 911 dispatcher that he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument when he told her to leave the house, according to police. He said that his girlfriend’s family then came to his house and were banging on the door and window.
As the group was calling out Lewis’ name, police said a gunshot was heard.
“In the course of this interaction, one round from a gun was fired from the inside of the home, through the window on the front door, striking Artavious Quarterman in the head,” the police statement said.
Police said that Quarterman had gone with Lewis’ girlfriend’s mother to his house to grab all of her belongings.
Quarterman was rushed to a hospital where he was said to be in critical condition, and he stayed that way until Friday when he died, two days after being shot.
After Lewis was arrested he was charge with suspicion of attempted second-degree homicide and shooting into or throwing deadly missiles within a dwelling. When Quarterman died, the charges were upgraded.
“The fact that a young man’s life is now at risk is senseless,” Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith said. “Sanford Police officers were minutes away from the home, and I believe would have been able to separate and de-escalate the situation in a matter of moments. When you shoot a firearm, you must understand that the consequences of that can be deadly in any situation.”
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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