Dawone Cook

Dawone Cook (Booking photo)

Teen Arraigned In Fatal Shooting Streamed Live On Instagram

"Just bizarre and ridiculous behavior"

May 07, 2018 - 1:11 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A young Detroit man has been arraigned in connection with a fatal shooting that was streamed live on social media. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said 18-year-old Dawone Cook is charged with one count of Careless Discharge Causing Injury or Death, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of two years in prison. 

Cook was initially scheduled to be arraigned on April 27 -- but, according to prosecutors, he did not show up for his court date, and authorities did not know where he was at that time. 

Updating the media on the case on Monday, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Cook was arraigned in 36th District Court last week, and is currently being held on a $20,000, 10 percent bond. It's unclear at this time whether he turned himself in or was located and arrested by police. 

Police said the shooting happened just before midnight April 2 in the 17600 block of San Juan, off Livernois Ave., on the city's west side. 

According to investigators, Cook and his 18-year-old friend Dylan Hemphill were streaming a live video on Instagram while playing with a rifle with a bayonet. Hemphill gave the weapon to Cook, police said, who was handling the bayonet when the gun discharged, striking Hemphill in the head. 

Cook called 911, according to police, and Hemphill was pronounced dead at the scene. Cook was placed under arrest, but was released pending the investigation.

"Guns are not to be played with," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "It's a problem. We've seen a decline as of late, you know, with children being shot. But I guess in this instance, playing with the guns, flashing money -- just bizarre and ridiculous behavior that should not happen."

Cook will be back in 36th District Court for a probable cause conference Tuesday morning. A preliminary examination in the case is scheduled for May 14.