An 18-year-old shot in the head at a Phenix City apartment Tuesday night while a group drank and gambled has died and a teen is charged as an adult with manslaughter, police said.
Doctors at The Medical Center pronounced Traquavious Lamar Moss dead at 10:56 a.m. Wednesday, said Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. The 16-year-old accused of shooting him inside a Sixth Place South apartment was arrested that day and initially charged with second-degree assault, Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel said.
Police have declined to release the suspect’s name.
Several people were inside an Edmonds Estates apartment, 1302 Sixth Place South, drinking and gambling around 9 p.m. Tuesday when the shooting happened. No witness said that the suspect was drinking alcohol, Casteel added.
“Basically, it was a group of people there,” Capt. Frank Ivey said. “There was no arguing or disagreement or anything. The young man stood up and when he stood up, the weapon fell out of his pants and discharged when it hit the floor.”
Moss was struck in the head and taken to The Medical Center. The teen went home and tossed the .22-caliber semi-automatic along a trail he used. Police recovered the weapon on Wednesday, Ivey said.