A 15-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the head by his older brother. Steven Estevez died from his injuries on February 17, and police have now classified his death as a homicide.
David Estevez, 17, was arrested shortly after in connection with the incident, public records show.
Authorities said on Tuesday the shooting may have been accidental, but did not provide any additional details.
A source with knowledge of the investigation told the Staten Island Advance that the older boy claimed he was playing with a silver gun when he accidentally shot his brother.
And a neighbor told local outlets on Tuesday that she witnessed the older boy calling out for help in the aftermath.
“I heard the gun go off and then I heard the thump and I heard, ‘Oh my God, oh my God!’” the neighbor told The New York Post, who asked not to be identified.
“They all called the police. I saw David come down and meet the police. He was like, ‘Help us, help us’.
“‘He’s still upstairs and breathing. Come upstairs and help us.’
The neighbor added: “I think David is very scared and very sorry. I don’t think he meant to do it.”
The neighbor, who lived next to the building in Stapleton Heights, a neighborhood in northeastern Staten Island, also claimed the boys had friends over on the night of the shooting and were playing drill music.
They added: “I watched them grow up from kindergarten to high school.
“They’ve always been together, inseparable. They had the same friends and everything.
“They were always together — David always looking out for Steven. There was definitely brotherly love and bonding.”
David Estevez pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail during his arraignment, records show.
He is set to return to court on March 6.
Brotherly Love….. just like Philadelphia!!!