AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The 1-year-old who died after being shot at a home on Holden Drive Wednesday was identified as Rasheem Scriven, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.
Scriven was shot at least once, Bowen said. He is at the GBI Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.
Richmond County deputies responded to the 1200 block of Holden Drive around 2 p.m. Wednesday and found Scriven had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators arrested a 15-year-old in connection with the shooting, according to the sheriff's office. The teen is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor reckless conduct and misdemeanor possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years of age.
Investigators believe the shooting was accidental.
"I just can't believe it. I really don't understand what happened or how it could've happened," said Robernette Scriven.
Scriven's father was married to the mother of the 1-year old, which makes the 1-year old victim her half brother. She said knowing that she would never be able to see him again is a devastating feeling.
"A 1-year-old has lost his life to a mistake possibly, you know?" Scriven said. "It's just sad."
At the time of the incident, the mother, her 1-year-old son and two teenagers who were friends of her oldest son were in the home. Deputies said that it appears that the teens may have been playing with a gun when it went off, but it's too early in the investigation to confirm.
"We are in the early part in the investigation and it is probably going to be a long night for them to sort out all the details," Rollins said.
The mother and both teens were taken into custody for questioning.
Scriven said knowing that her stepmother was taken for questioning is very hurtful.
"She's a great mother," Scriven said. "My brother is her son also. She's a great mom. I've never seen her do anything to hurt her kids."
Scriven said accidents happen, but it's just unfortunate an innocent 1-year old had to lose his life.