Man charged with shooting friend to death on Instagram

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News
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An 18-year-old Detroit man was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor in connection with the fatal shooting of his friend on Instagram earlier this month.

Dawone Cook is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in 36th District Court on a charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death, which carries a maximum two-year sentence. Cook said the shooting was accidental, according to police.

Cook is accused of shooting his friend, Dylan Hemphill, also 18, while the two were playing with a rifle that had a bayonet live on Instagram around 11:55 p.m. April 2 at a home in the 17600 block of San Juan on Detroit’s northwest side.

The friends were filming a live video on the popular Internet site when the gun Cook was handling discharged, striking Hemphill in the head, according to the prosecutor’ office. Hemphill, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, had allegedly given the weapon to Cook.

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