Alcohol-involved shooting kills victim

jamesgates20-year-old James “Hunter” Gates of Pace, Fl has been charged with homicide-negligent manslaughter after firing a shotgun while under the influence of alcohol.

According to the arrest report, Gates was drinking rum and beer at his residence with the unnamed victim when they began handling a 12 gauge pump action shotgun. According to the report, the victim apparently loaded and ejected a shotgun shell before holding the barrel to his chin and handing the buttstock to Gates in a “playful manner.” The report then states that the victim then dared Gates to pull the trigger, which he did.

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