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18-Year-Old Dies in Accidental Shooting

The shooting victim is the son of a St. Petersburg man killed six months ago in a home invasion robbery.

Alexander Xavier Shaw, 18, was showing of a gun to friends Wednesday night. He produced his 38 caliber revolver and explained that he kept one round out of the firing chamber to prevent an accidental discharge.

According to witnesses, Shaw attempted to demonstrate the gun was safe by
placing it to his head and pulling the trigger.

The gun fired, and he died.

St. Petersburg Police said when they arrived to 733 71st Ave. N, Shaw was found lying on the back patio with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Police and paramedics were immediately called and efforts at CPR were attempted. After being examined by paramedics, Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene.

After interviews with witnesses, police said it was determined that Shaw and several of his friends had been sitting on the back patio talking. Shaw's uncle and grandparents were also present in the home at the time as well.

At this time the incident is still under investigation by homicide detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office.

According to police, Alexander Shaw is the son of Richard M. Shaw who was murdered during a home invasion robbery at 7014 Orpine Drive North on June 18, 2012. He was in the home at the time and witness to his father's murder, police said.

Scott Jay January 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Geez-us man. Have we not learned that demonstrations of a gun's safety are anything other than safe? Poor kid and poor family...
Dharma January 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I wonder ... in this case since he just witnessed this with his father.. if he could even think ... but he should not have had a weapon at this time.. very sad.
brianna January 27, 2013 at 01:06 AM
i am a very good friend of alexander and no he would not try to kill him self he was a very happy kid even though he lost both of his parents he made the best of his life and he got the gun to protect what was left of his family thats all not to attempt to do something like suicide and yea he wasnt to smart on putting the gun to his head and firing but god knows alex would not try to commit suicide r.i.p bubba te amo mucho and i miss you very much <3

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