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Waggaman teen booked with negligent homicide


Waggaman, La. - A 16-year-old was booked with negligent homicide Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a man who warned him against handling a gun, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

The juvenile's name has not been released. The victim is identified as 20-year-old Lydell Hartford, of Waggaman.

At around midnight, JPSO deputies were called to the 600 block of Azalea Drive in Waggaman, where they found Hartford lying in his driveway with a gunshot wound to his neck. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Normand said Hartford, the suspect and another teen were sitting in a 2012 Chevy Camero in front of Hartford's home when the suspect, who was sitting in the backseat, found a .38 caliber handgun that belonged to Hartford's mother.

According to witnesses, Hartford asked the 16-year-old what he was doing with the gun, and the teen said he was unloading it. Hartford told the teen not to play with the gun, warning that he might accidentally shoot someone.

Witnesses said the 16-year-old continued, thinking he had unloaded the weapon. He then pulled the trigger three to four times and the weapon fired, striking Hartford in the neck. Hartford was removed from the car, and they called 911 for help. 

The 16-year-old is being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center. A criminal background check showed no arrest history.

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