TAMPA - Authorities have charged a man with culpable negligence after his 3-year-old nephew shot and killed himself accidentally Tuesday night in a North Tampa apartment.
Jeffrey D. Walker, 29, shared a bedroom with the boy, Jadarrius Speights at Avesta Apartments on N. 22 Street. Walker had left a 9mm handgun unsecured in a backpack.
Walker had left the room and it is believed that Jadarrius got the gun out of the backpack and accidently shot himself.
The child's parents, Jasmine Bell, 21, and Trentin Speights, 22, were in their bedroom at the time of the shooting.
Walker had purchased the gun at a gun shop in the Tampa Bay area and also has a concealed weapons permit.