A 13-year-old boy has accidentally killed himself while live-streaming a video on Instagram.
Malachi Hemphill had been posing with a gun on Instagram Live, when he mistakenly pulled the trigger at his home in Forest Park, Georgia, in the US.
His body was found by family members, who broke down his bedroom door after hearing a loud bang.
“I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was a gunshot or what.”
Shaniqua Stephens had just watched her 13-year-old son take out the trash when she heard a noise.
“I just knew that it was something that was wrong,” she said.
We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” Stephens recounted. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
Hemphill was rushed to the hospital where he died. Stephens said it was an accident and not an intentional suicide.