It's 2017, in which a modern day child has more available to him or her via technology in way of leisure and entertainment than any other time in history, or you know, they can go outside and play sports or exercise; something kids these days seemingly rarely wish to do.
Ninety percent of today's teens : “What is that giant thing in the sky that is bright and orange? A sun? What's that?”
That being said despite the available options to pass time, there's an overwhelming desire in today's generation of teens to thrill seek, in order to push the limits of their minds and bodies just to feel the adrenaline rush that comes with the risks involved.
Then again, some of the youth of this era are just plain ignorant.
That's exactly what Police in Columbus, Mississippi say happened when a group of clearly unintelligent high schoolers decided it might be fun to play with a deadly weapon.
According to Columbus Police spokesman Joe Dillion, 17-year-old Tovaris Deloach and three of his friends were <i>”discussing Russian Roulette”</i> at his home when Tovaris decided to pull out a revolver and remove all of the bullets.
Dillion said that Tovaris placed one round into the chamber, and actually proceeded to place the gun to his temple and pull the trigger.
Amazingly enough, the gun didn't fire and the 20% chance of death (assuming it was a five shot) or the 14.2% chance or death (assuming it was a seven shot) was avoided by young Tovaris, who apparently doesn't appreciate basic mathematics.
As Tovaris somehow survived the first attempt, he decided he'd tried again with even greater chances of losing (or winning dependent upon how you view the scenario).
This time however, the <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards">Darwin Awards </a>had already selected their next prize winner, he just didn't know it yet.
That's when the other “teens” called emergency 911 who dispatched EMTs alongside Columbus Police to the scene of the mathematical error.
Shortly after paramedics arrived, they then rushed the 17-year-old Award Winning student of Columbus High School to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, where Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant later told the <a href="http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2017/11/02/mississippi-teen-russian-roulette-death/824768001/">Jackson Clarion Ledger </a>that Tovaris Deloach was taken off life support and didn't survive from the gunshot to the head.
Assistant Chief of the Columbus Mississippi Police Department, Fred Shelton, said that “chatter” had spread amongst the inner city streets suggesting that Tovaris had not shot himself, and that lead to anger amongst gangbangers who were related to Deloach in which prompted them to seek revenge.
As if the one fatality wasn't enough, at around 3:45 AM the house directly next door to where Tovaris Deloach was killed, at 151 Poplar Street, was hit by a drive-by shooting in what authorities say was likely a retaliation against one of the three others who were present when Tovaris won the prize of death playing the game of Russian Roulette.
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Fortunately nobody was injured in the drive by shooting; and as per whether or not that was a result of poor aiming capabilities or sheer luck remains unknown.
Detective Brett Swan of the Columbus Police Department said that all four of the males who were present at the time of the shooting lived in the area nearby the shooting.
Each of the other three who witnessed the prize winner's fate had their hands and arms tested for gunshot residue, to which were submitted to the Mississippi State Crime Lab
While it's not believed by police that any of the other three high schoolers present handled the gun, there is no way to be certain because GSR tests can take up to a year to retrieve results.
Swan also said it remained unclear at this time which one of the future inmates of Missile Penitentiaries owned the gun, but he has no doubt Deloach had it on his person prior to the shooting.
"Forensic evidence and witness statements and the forensic examination of the scene support the fact that it was a self-inflicted gunshot," Swan said.
Shelton said he "firmly believes" the witnesses are telling the truth and that the teen shot himself.
"All the evidence points toward it," he said. "The facts are the facts."
Columbus Police spokesman Joe Dillion however expressed concern from the Department that someone else may end up dead in a retaliation attempt; since the drive-by clearly failed to strike anything but inanimate objects.
"It's important that the public gets as much accurate information as we have in these cases and in this unfortunate incident, we released more information than we normally would to explain the details of what happened," he said.
If anyone has any additional information about the shooting or plans for future retaliations against the three witnesses to the prize winner they're urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at (662) 244-3500.
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