GBI: 17-year-old killed in Hawkinsville accidental shooting

    Michael Mays, 17, was shot to death at his home on Monday, June 6th in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is calling an accidental shooting / Perry Smith (WGXA)

    HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. -- A teen was shot to death at a home in Hawkinsville Monday evening.

    The shooting took place at a home on Franklin Street at around 7 p.m. Monday.

    The victim was identified as Michael Mays, 17.

    Special Agent Scott Whitley with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said several teens were recklessly handling a pistol in Mays' room when he was fatally shot one time. A friend of Mays was handling the gun when it went off.

    Other family members were home at the time.

    The GBI is investigating who actually owned the gun.

    Whitley said this is being considered an accidental shooting.

    Mays' mother, Mentoria Mays, said her son was known for his bright smile and attitude. "He's a good kid. He's always smiling, always bringing everybody up. He's a good kid. He don't bother nobody. He's full of life. It was a tragic happening. It was an accident".

    Johnny Edwards, Mays' father, said the whole situation is a reminder of how quickly things can change when kids play with guns. "Guns ain't the thing to be playing with. You can be here today, gone tomorrow. Everybody loved Mike Mike's smile and everyone talked about him. He's going to be missed".

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