Boy, 13, fatally shoots sister, 14, with homemade firearm
A 13-year-old Georgia boy accused of killing his 14-year-old sister with a homemade firearm was attempting to shoot at people who tried to steal one of his “ghost guns,” according to authorities.
Two people showed up at the family’s home in Douglasville, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, on Nov. 27 to purchase a weapon crafted by the teen boy. Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds said he ordered the parts he needed to make the guns, including semiautomatic firearms, online.
Rather than pay, one of the men snatched a firearm and attempted to flee the scene. In response, the boy picked up a gun and unleashed a hail of bullets — including one that fatally struck his older sister. Authorities identified the victim as Kyra Scott on Friday. She died as her mother was trying to take her to a hospital, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Kyra’s brother and 19-year-old Yusef McArthur El, the man who attempted to steal the weapon, were both arrested Monday and charged with murder, according to Pounds. McArthur El, who is also facing an additional count of robbery-sudden snatch, was being held at the Douglas County jail, while the 13-year-old was at a youth detention center.
They were each denied bond during a court appearance on Tuesday.
Ghost guns prove particularly tricky for law enforcement because they don’t have serial numbers and can’t be traced, the sheriff’s office said. According to a Justice Department news release in May, between 2016 and 2020, more than 23,000 un-serialized firearms were reported to have been recovered by law enforcement from potential crime scenes.
Pounds told the newspaper he’d never seen anything akin to a 13-year-old gunmaker.
“Never in my entire career,” Pounds said. “Never heard of that.”
Investigators are still searching for a third person involved in the deadly incident.