26-year-old man fatally kills best friend while showing off gun while playing video games


“What, are you going to shoot me?”: 26-year-old man fatally shoots his best friend while showing the weapon he was modifying while playing video games at home

  • Shea Harkins, 26, Arrested After Shooting His Best Friend In The Chest
  • Harkins and Sean Cook, 26, were playing video games together at the time
  • Harkins told police he was showing the Colt M4 rifle he was modifying
  • He jokingly pointed it at Cook, who said, “What, are you going to shoot me?”
  • Harkins pulled the trigger, thinking it was empty, but a bullet was in the room

Shea Harkins, 26, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was arrested and charged with a count of manslaughter after killing her best friend Thursday while playing video games

Shea Harkins, 26, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was arrested and charged with a count of manslaughter after killing her best friend Thursday while playing video games

A 26-year-old Florida man shot and killed his best friend while showing his gun while playing video games because his friend said, “ What, are you going to shoot me? ”

Shea Harkins, 26, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was arrested and charged with one count of manslaughter following the incident that occurred on Thursday evening.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a Press release that Harkins ‘best friend, Sean Cook, 26, of Clearwater, Florida, had gone to Harkins’ home that night.

The pair were playing video games together in Harkins’ room when, around 7:48 p.m., Harkins went to fetch a Colt M4 rifle he had personalized before Cook arrived at his home.

During his interview after the incident, Harkins told police that he had pointed the gun at Cook in jest, who casually asked, “What, are you going to shoot me?”

Police said Harkins later admitted to pressing the trigger, believing the gun was unloaded, WFLA reported.

The incident occurred when Sean Cook, 26, went to Harkins' home (photo) on Thursday.

The incident occurred when Sean Cook, 26, went to Harkins’ home (photo) on Thursday.

Police arrived at Harkins' home around 7:48 p.m. Harkins told investigators that he was showing his gun and, thinking it was discharged, pulled the trigger while pointing it at Cook

Police arrived at Harkins’ home around 7:48 p.m. Harkins told investigators that he was showing his gun and, thinking it was discharged, pulled the trigger while pointing it at Cook

Unfortunately, there was a bullet in the room. When Harkins pulled the trigger, the bullet hit Cook in the chest.

First responders transported Cook to the hospital. He was declared dead at 8:55 p.m.

Harkins was arrested around 2 a.m. on Friday and released after posting a $ 10,000 bond, Tampa Bay Times.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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