Gun owner charged after boy, 11, dies in accidental shooting


Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

Charges have been filed against a man who purchased a handgun off the street that later accidentally fired and killed a Lake City boy when children were playing with it.

The Lake City Police Department filed charges against Michael S. Norman, 26, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and aggravated manslaughter, said officer Michael Lee, the agency's assistant public information officer, in a press release.

Killed in the incident was Jarvis Jackson, 11, of the Cedar Park apartments at 443 NW Bascom Norris Drive. He died in Shands Hospital in Gainesville two days after the May 12 incident, police reported.

Norman was babysitting a group of children in the apartment while their mother was away. Police reported that Norman believed the apartment complex, where he did not live, was dangerous so he brought with him a Ruger 9mm.

Lee said Norman told police he had recently bought the gun from a man "off the street" in White Springs.

Norman left the gun on the kitchen table unsecured, visible and accessible to others while he slept. He woke up about 8 a.m. to the sound of a gunshot.

Police determined that two children, ages 2 and 4, were playing with the gun when it accidentally fired and shot Jarvis in the neck.

Lee reported that a neighbor heard the gunshot and called police. The neighbor saw Norman fleeing the apartment yelling "I'm gonna go to prison for this, I'm gonna go to prison for this," police reported.

Norman is not listed as an offender in the Florida Department of Corrections database. Lee told The Sun he did not have information regarding the location or crimes for which Norman had been convicted.

Norman was not arrested by LCPD. Instead, the agency filed formal charges with the State Attorney's Office, which will have the final say on those charges, Lee said.

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