Video Shows Teen Pointing Rifle at Girlfriend. Minutes After Asking Him to Stop, He Shoots Her in the Chest

by San Eli News

Police are investigating after a Texas teen claims he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the chest with a rifle on Sunday morning.

As Click2Houston reports, Javon Martin, 17, is charged with criminally negligent homicide after fatally shooting 15-year-old Makaila Simon around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say Martin was playing with a rifle and pointing it at the victim, before pulling the trigger.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said:

They were inside a bedroom. There were other people home at the time, and our condolences go out to the family.”

According to ABC13, Nicole Malbrough, Simon’s mother, received a call regarding the shooting around 5 a.m. on Sunday.

However, Marlborough does not believe the shooting was an accident, Click2Houston reports.

Marlborough said:

I’m pretty sure it was not an accident.”

According to KPRC-TV, Simon had just celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday and the couple had been fighting over cheating allegations.

As Dallas News reports, a video recorded by the victim moments before her death shows Martin pointing the rifle at her.

In the video, Simon can be heard laughing and saying:

Stop. I’m going to tell your mama.”

According to Gonzalez, investigators are still working to determine if this tragedy was truly an accident.

He said:

We don’t know if it was accidental in terms of just playing [with] the weapon and the gun went off or if there was other intent.”

Marlborough is hoping justice is served, as she grieves the “very hard” loss of her daughter.

As ABC13 reports, Marlborough said:

She’s a very sweet, giving, kind hearted person, very mindful and respectful. Everything you would want in a daughter.”

On the other hand, in addition to his latest charge, Martin has a pending case against him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

His bond regarding this case has been set to $10,000.