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Shooting ruled an accident
16-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have ruled a shooting death accidental and have charged a 16-year-old boy with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly discharging the weapon.

The victim, Kristen Ivory Hannon, 17, of Lawrenceville, was shot once in the chest about 6:30 p.m. Friday at a residence at 259 Hardy Lillies Drive. Medics administered CPR to Hannon on scene, but she was pronounced dead shortly after at Gwinnett Medical Center.

The boy accused of discharging the weapon could face other gun-related charges in addition to involuntary manslaughter, said Gwinnett County Police Department spokeswoman Illana Spellman.

Police have possession of the weapon but have yet to determined its caliber, she said. The boy remains in police custody.

"The juvenile male was playing with the gun and handled the weapon in very careless manner, which resulted in (Hannon) being shot," Spellman said. "Apparently, no adults were present and (Hannon), along with several other juveniles, were visiting the male juvenile at the time of the shooting."

The shooting - and subsequent throng of police investigators - in Lawrenceville's Springlake Falls community startled residents in what they said Friday is a normally peaceful area.

Police have yet to determine how the 16-year-old obtained the weapon, Spellman said.