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Fight Over Video Game Controller Results In Shooting Death Of Teen


An 18-year-old Birmingham, Alabama, teen was shot to death after he and his cousin fought over a video game controller, police say.

The victim has been identified as Bobby Baker, according to Birmingham Police.

"He had just graduated high school," Kueocia Zimmerman, Baker's sister, told WBRC. "He was planning on going to the military.

"Just in disbelief. Our hearts are just heavy."

Police believe a fight broke out when the cousin walked into Baker's bedroom and knocked a video game controller out of his hand on the night of Oct. 2. The two wrestled, and a gun was taken from the cousin’s waist.

A struggle over the gun took place and it fired, hitting Baker in the chest.

Baker was found on the floor in the upstairs hallway, reports He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested the 21-year-old cousin and placed him on a 48-hour hold at the city jail. On Oct. 5, police confirmed that the cousin had been released from their custody.

“He had no intention of trying to kill my brother. He loved him too," Zimmerman said. 

"We ain't angry or anything," she added. "I'm crying because of my cousin. I know he didn't mean to do it. We just hurt."

It is possible the shooting could be ruled accidental, a police spokesperson said. The district attorney will make the final decision since the case is being investigated as a homicide.

The cousin's name has not been released.

Sources:, WBRC via FOX Carolina / Photo Source: Family, Josh Rainey via WBRC


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