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Florida Man Accidentally Shoots And Kills His Friend While Acting Out Rap Song

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Rodney Clay Patrick and Douglas Winslow.Rodney Clay Patrick and Douglas Winslow.

Two young men from Merritt Island, Florida, tried to act out a rap song with deadly consequences. Rodney Clay Patrick, 22, was trying to recreate rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s “Bustin’ At ‘Em” with his friend Douglas Winslow, 17 on Jan. 19. Patrick accidentally shot Winslow with a .45-caliber gun.

Florida Today reported Patrick was charged with manslaughter with a firearm, tampering with evidence and the possession of a controlled substance.

In Patrick’s distraught 911 call, he explained to dispatchers Winslow asked to see the gun and shot himself, but investigators quickly determined Patrick pulled the trigger. 

"I handed my little brother my gun and I didn't know it was loaded then he shot himself in the head," he said during the call. "I think he's dead … he wanted to see it cause he thought it was so cool. I'm so stupid … I'm such a horrible person," he said, crying. He added, ”My buddy's gone."

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Though Patrick shot Winslow, Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office called the death an accident. "It's a terrible accident, but there are consequences to your actions," he said. ”You have to take responsibility. He pointed that gun at a person and pulled the trigger.”

Goodyear didn’t blame the song, which includes lines such as “I just don't get it anymore, they don't even gang-bang with a purpose, cold-hearted killers that barely got facial hair, I'm tired of tryin' to get through.”

Goodyear said, "What caused this was him pointing the gun at another person. I would rather comment on being a responsible gun owner. You always check to see if a gun is loaded and you never point it at another person.”

Source: Florida Today Image Credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office via Florida Today