A 13-year-old boy who was manufacturing and selling so-called “ghost guns” has been arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his 14-year-old sister with one of his own homemade firearms, according to the Douglas County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office.
Two people had come to the family’s home in Douglasville, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, on November 27 to purchase a gun that the 13-year-old made, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds said in a news conference.
But instead of buying the firearm, the pair stole the gun from the 13-year-old and fled the scene, the sheriff told reporters.
The boy then shot at them as they were leaving, Pounds said, but instead struck his 14-year-old sister, who was identified by the sheriff’s office as Kyra Scott.
Investigators believe the weapon he used was one that he had made.
Authorities have arrested Kyra’s 13-year-old brother and 19-year-old Yusef Jabryil McArthur El – one of the two people who had come to buy the homemade gun.
The 13-year-old has been charged with felony murder, the sheriff’s office said in a statement, and McArthur El has been charged with robbery and felony murder.
Investigators are still searching for the third person involved, Pounds said, and the shooting remains under investigation.
Authorities did not detail exactly how Kyra Scott’s brother was making homemade firearms or how long he’d been selling them.
The use of ghost guns has been on the rise in the United States. Between 2016 and 2020, more than 23,000 un-serialized firearms were reported to have been recovered from potential crime scenes.
Pounds called the issue of ghost guns a “super big deal,” adding, “there’s no serial number, you can’t trace that gun.”
“It’s real critical, and it’s a bad thing for law enforcement all over the world,” he said.