Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO (KTRS) Police are trying to determine whether or not a fatal shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors last week was in retaliation for the accidental shooting of a child two years ago.
Two teens were arrested for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Kameron Harvey. He was awaiting trial for manslaughter in the 2015 fatal shooting of 3-year-old Xavier Robinson. One of the teens is a relative of the toddler.
Harvey was on house arrest while the case was prosecuted in adult court.
Authorities say Harvey was playing with the laser site on a handgun inside a home and shot the 3-year-old. Harvey was a friend of the family and 15 at the time. He ran from the home but turned himself in to police the next day.
The toddler’s parents, Shawmane Robinson and Semaj Porter of Florissant, were charged with child endangerment, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Police said the parents had seen Harvey and the toddler’s older brother playing with a gun the prior evening and didn’t take the gun away nor check to see whether it was loaded. Their cases are pending in St. Louis County Circuit Court.