A thirteen-year-old boy posted Facebook photos of himself holding a gun, smoking pot and with a pile of $100 and $50 bills was accidentally shot and killed hours later by his 15-year-old friend, according to a report in The Daily Mail.
Cartrail Robertson’s Facebook posts included a photo of two black teens, one pointing a gun at the head of the other who had his arms raised in surrender.
Police have closed the investigation into the death of Cartail Robertson and ruled it an accidental shooting. But now they are looking into how Robertson and his friend, Darrin Wilson, obtained the guns and drugs.
Robertson posted gang-related photos frequently, according to the report, which included buying another gun under the hashtag “shooter.” In another post Robertson predicted bullets would fly in 2014.
“Murder,” he wrote.
In yet another post, three teens are pictured with an AK-47 assault-style rifle and counting cash.
“Shelby County District Attorney General Office said police are going through the photos on Robertson’s Facebook page, as well as his friends’ Facebook pages. Robertson was shot at the home of a friend while their mother and her boyfriend were at work,” The Mail reported.
The Memphis homeowner where Robertson died told police that he does not own a gun and that “he is baffled where it came from,” The Mail reported.
Following the incident, neighbors in the Memphis, Tenn. neighborhood said they were shocked at the victim’s age.
“Thirteen. Still a baby,” one neighbor said.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com