6-yr-old boy fatally shot in the chest by mother's drunk boyfriend who thought shotgun was not loaded
32-year-old Benjamin Wesley Goodson didn't know the old shotgun still worked when he pointed it at six-year-old Eugene Ryder Stamey and pulled the trigger
A six-year-old boy was shot to death by his mother's live-in boyfriend while playing "zombies" with the boy after getting drunk.
The incident involving the death of six-year-old Eugene Ryder Stamey, which occurred in Hephzibah, Georgia, on the southern outskirts of Augusta, has lead to the arrest of 32-year-old Benjamin Wesley Goodson, who has been charged with murder.
According to WRDW, the boy's mother said she was washing her hair in the shower when she heard a shotgun go off. She revealed that she had been living with Goodson for a year. The shooter was allegedly playing "zombies" with young Ryder and another eight-year-old boy after having a beer and a shot, the mother said.
Goodson retrieved a shotgun from the closet when he saw the two boys firing at each other with Nerf guns. He pointed the gun at Ryder, all the while thinking the firearm was old and not working, and subsequently pulled the trigger.
On the first attempt, nothing happened, prompting him to cock the hammer and pull the trigger again.
This time, the bullet shot young Ryder fatally in the chest. Responding medical authorities pronounced him dead at the scene at 8.18 pm.
Laura Stamey, a heartbroken grandmother, spoke to WRDW: "I never in a million years thought someone would shoot my grandson. A man that he thought loved him, a man that he loved."
"My grandson did not deserve to die, he didn't," Stamey added. "There's nothing this little boy could've ever done wrong in his life for anybody to have ever done anything to him to hurt him."
While Goodson has confessed his crime to investigative officers, it is yet to be established whether the shooting was intentional or just an accident. Goodson is currently being held in the Richmond County Jail on charges of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a crime, and first-degree cruelty to children.