Dawone Cook

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Teen Pleads In Friend's Shooting Death Streamed Live On Instagram

June 16, 2018 - 10:18 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit teen involved in a deadly shooting while he was live on Instagram has pled guilty. 

Eighteen-year old Dawone Cook is facing two years behind bars after pleading guilty to careless discharge causing death. He'll be sentenced next month.  

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.

"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."

Sentencing is set for July 18.