13-year-old Darius Simmons was shot and killed by his next-door neighbor, John Spooner, 75, after he accused the young teen of stealing guns from his home.
Spooner confronted Darius in front of his mother and as the heated conversation escalated, the 75-year-old pulled out his gun and shot the teen at close range, hitting him in his chest. After being shot, Darius ran and Spooner shot him again - striking him in the back where he collapsed.
Darius later died in the hospital as an autopsy found that he suffered a gunshot wound to his chest, and the bullet damaged the ventricles of his heart before exiting his back. Police recovered a weapon as well as two spent casings.
Spooner was charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide and he was given $300,000 bail.
As Spooner remains behind bars, more details have emerged about the afternoon he killed Darius, including the fact that Spooner shot Darius with a 9mm handgun five feet away from him in the chest.
According to Blackyouthproject.com, when Darius was shot once in the chest he had his hands raised and when he ran to escape, Spooner attempted to shoot him in the back, and then tried to fire a third shot.
After Milwaukee police arrived, Darius’ body remained on the sidewalk, while police questioned his mother, Patricia Larry, in a squad car for approximately two hours.
During the police investigation of the shooting, they searched Darius’ home again and found nothing, but arrested his older brother for having truancy tickets.
Spooner’s family was allowed to go into the home and remove “items” despite it being a crime scene.
Spooner is currently behind bars and is charged with first-degree murder and unlike the Trayvon Martin case, there is no controversy as to what exactly happened. Darius’ mother witnessed the shooting and so did many of the neighbors.
Above: John Henry Spooner mug shot