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Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Detroit man accused of shooting a friend while the pair recorded on Instagram failed to appear for his arraignment in court Friday, officials said.

Dawone Cook, 18, failed to show up at 36th District Court in Detroit for the 10:30 a.m. hearing, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Officials said police are looking for Cook.

Police said Cook shot his friend, Dylan Hemphill, also 18, while the two were filming on Instagram while playing with a rifle that had a bayonet. 

The shooting happened at about 11:55 p.m. on April 2, at a home in the 17600 block of San Juan on Detroit’s northwest side, according to authorities.

The prosecutor's office said the two men were filming live on the social media site when the gun Cook was handling discharged, striking Hemphill in the head, officials said.

Hemphill, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, had allegedly given the weapon to Cook, police said.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Cook with careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death. The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by two years in prison.