Police: Teen panicked after shooting friend, killed himself

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police reports say a southwestern Michigan teen panicked when his gun went off and struck a friend in the chest, then the 17-year-old fatally shot himself.

The Kalamazoo Gazette, which obtained the reports through a records request, reported Monday a witness told police that Marsavious Frazier was showing Daquarion Hunter a gun and playing with it September 5 when it discharged in a Kalamazoo alley. Reports say the witness, friend Armonte Tolbert, told police that Hunter fell, prompting Frazier to run, then shoot himself.

The 17-year-olds were pronounced dead about 30 yards apart. A .32-caliber revolver was in Frazier’s hand.

Tolbert, who held Hunter after the shooting, says the teens “had no beef with each other.” He said he’d known Frazier to make suicidal comments in the past.