A 17-year-old found shot Monday afternoon behind the wheel of a minivan was killed when a gun that a friend was holding went off unexpectedly, the teen's mother said yesterday.
Lashawn A. Johnson died at Grant Medical Center at 1:29 p.m., about 20 minutes after he was shot in the van at S. Hamilton Road and Dundee Avenue on the East Side.
Willa Johnson-Wilson said she was still at the hospital when one of her son's friends called to apologize and said he planned to turn himself in to Columbus police.
"He said that Lashawn was driving the van, and he was playing around with a .38 revolver," Johnson-Wilson said. Another boy in the van accidentally bumped the elbow of the friend with the gun, she said she was told.
"He cried and said it was an accident," she said. "I don't think he anticipated the gun going off like that."
She said her son was shot in the back.
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