Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

12-year old boy killed by 14-year old half brother in Jersey City

Hasson "Hass" George, age 12
A 12-year old Jersey City boy, named Hasson "Hass" George, was visiting the home of his half brother, who was the son of a corrections officer, Shaara Green-Simms.  Hasson was apparently shot once in the chest by his 14-year old half-brother, dying in the home or just outside the home, where his body was found.  Green-Simms' Corrections Department-issued gun was used in the shooting.  Both boys have the same father.

Hasson was apparently an honor roll student.

It is not known yet if the shooting was deliberate or unintentional.  The mother was apparently home at the time of the shooting.

However, prosecutors say Hasson's body was moved from the house where he was shot in Jersey City, New Jersey, Friday to the street outside -- likely while he was still alive, struggling for his life.
The boy was a fifth-grader at a local elementary school and was well-known in the working-class neighborhood were he lived.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

UPDATE (3/18/12): The 14-year old half-brother has now made his first court appearance.  From the article:

The 14-year-old Jersey City boy charged with killing his 12-year-old half brother has made his first court appearance on charges that include aggravated manslaughter.
Prosecutors say the two boys were alone in the apartment when the 14-year-old loaded the semiautomatic handgun. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio has said the gun was not safeguarded by a trigger lock and was not in a lock-box.
The 14-year-old pointed the gun at Hasson’s chest, pulled the trigger, and then put the gun away and dragged the wounded boy out of the apartment and to the sidewalk, DeFazio said. The defendant then called 911 to report someone had been shot outside the residence, reports said.
Hasson was still alive when a passerby came upon him on the sidewalk, but he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Prosecutors do not allege the killing was premeditated or purposeful, but that it was an act manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. The 14-year-old is also charged with hindering his own apprehension and one weapons count.

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