Two arrested in Franklin Township student's accidental shooting death


Two teenage boys face charges after a 14-year-old Franklin Township Middle School West student died in an accidental shooting Tuesday night.

Kevin Edwards, 18, faces a charge of criminal recklessness. A 15-year-old male faces a charge of reckless homicide in the death of Nicholas King. Both teens have been arrested.

Officers were called to a home in the 5800 block of La Fleur Court around 8 p.m. Tuesday on the report of a person shot. A caller to 911 told dispatchers that his brother had shot his friend.

Officers found the victim lying unresponsive just inside the front door of the home. Paramedics tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 8:18 pm.

Police determined that Edwards brought the rifle into the home and allowed his 15-year-old stepbrother to handle it.

Around 8:00 pm, King knocked on the front door. Witnesses in the home say the stepbrothers ran to the front door to "scare" the victim. The 15-year-old suspect pointed the weapon at King and pulled the trigger. The rifle round struck King in the neck.

Police told Eyewitness News two adults were inside the home at the time of the shooting. The adults told police they did not know there was a rifle in the home at the time. 

Police confiscated a Romarm 7.62 rifle, which they found on the kitchen table. There was one live round in the weapon and officers also located the spent round. Eyewitness News has leanred Kevin Edwards legally bought the rifle. 

The 15-year-old told police he didn't know the gun was loaded.

Franklin Township Community School Corporation released this statement Wednesday:

"On Tuesday evening we were notified that a Franklin Central student passed away as a result of an accidental gunshot wound. We are encouraging parents to talk with their children today and encourage them to reach out to their school counselors as needed. Additional counselors have been assigned to the high school during this time of need. School continues as scheduled today and continues to be a safe place for our children. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."

An autopsy Wednesday morning will determine an exact cause of death. King is from Canada. He recently joined the Franklin Township community earlier this year.