After a teen was arrested for killing his friend in a Houston shooting, investigators eventually discovered a social media challenge may have claimed the life of the young man.
Eighteen-year-old Mohamed Alajil was arrested for the fatal shot that killed Christian Estes-Johnson, 19, in December, reports KTRK. He originally told authorities he had pulled a gun on Johnson in self-defense after a fight.
However, reportedly Alajil later admitted he had accidentally fired off a single shot as the pair took part in the “No Lackin” challenge.
According to the Daily Mail, the social media video challenge involves pulling a gun on a friend in hopes of getting the other person to pull out a weapon of their own.
In Johnson’s case, the two teens ended up pointing loaded guns at each other.
The gunplay led to the 19-year-old’s death when a bullet struck him in the head.
Public defender Genesis Draper told the Houston Chronicle as Alajil appeared in court Thursday on manslaughter charges:
“Even if the facts are to be believed as is, this is a terrible and unfortunate situation.
It is not the first of its kind; that particular game has caused similar outcomes across the country. I would say it’s a little bit different than an outright intentional act.”
Over the past year, there have been at least two shootings caused by people playing the “No Lackin’ Challenge.”
Memphis police warned against the social media dare after a Texas teen from Grimes County accidentally shot his friend in the head.
— Kari Lake Fox 10 (@KariLakeFox10) January 28, 2018
Police Spokesperson, Louis Brownlee, told Fox 13:
“You could very well face criminal charges for participating in something so dumb.”
“It’s a crime. If you point a firearm at someone, you have committed aggravated assault.”
However, Johnson’s family doesn’t believe he would have participated in the dangerous game and claims the shooting wasn’t accidental.
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