Teen-ager killed in accidental shooting
Dozens of confused neighbors and crying witnesses gathered outside an apartment where 16-year-old Brad Parent was killed shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Thomas O’Connor, 23, of South Lake Tahoe – who lives in the apartment on D street – was arrested by South Lake Tahoe Police and will be charged with manslaughter in connection with what was apparently an accidental shooting.
O’Connor was recently issued a .38-caliber revolver by a local security company where he is employed. According to South Lake Tahoe Police detective Martin Hewlett, he placed a live round in the gun and inadvertently shot Parent in the chest while demonstrating how fire the weapon.
O’Connor, and three teenage girls who where also at the apartment, carried Parent to a car and brought him Barton Memorial Hospital, where doctors were unable to save his life.
“I’m shocked this happened in a little place like this,” a 21-year-old man who lives in the apartment building said.
“I didn’t hear a thing,” Cindy Holliday said. “It’s scary – that is why I moved to Tahoe, to get away for all this stuff. I am not going to let my grandchildren play out here no more.”
Sarah, a fourth grade student who also lives in the building, said, “It’s scary especially considering that I know the kid who got shot.”
One woman was concerned that she may have helped the killer escape.
“I was getting ready for work and a friend came by asking if he could have a ride before the police came,” Shannon Burns said. “I don’t know if he was involved or not.”
She said she gave him the ride home almost 45 minutes before the police arrived. Detective Martin Hewlett said the man was not arrested and they have no other suspects in the shooting.
O’Connor is being held on $150,000 bail at the El Dorado County Jail.
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