18-year-old, Devin Wilson, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 8-year-old brother, Dylan King, Investigators said he traded a puppy for shotgun KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

18-year-old, Devin Wilson, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 8-year-old brother, Dylan King, Investigators said he traded a puppy for shotgun

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that An 18-year-old Baltimore man was charged with murder in the death of his 8-year-old brother.

According to police charging documents obtained by 11 News, Dylan King attended Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, from which he lived just a couple of blocks away at a house on Presbury Street, where he was shot in his back, head and shoulders on Dec. 30, 2022.

After multiple interviews, police said they learned that Wilson was on his own, watching his four younger siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 8. Police said Wilson called his mother to tell her to come home and that Dylan had been shot.

When the stepfather arrived home, he said Wilson told him Dylan accidentally shot himself, according to the charging document. But police said they were able to disprove that claim by the shot pattern in the room.

A neighbor rushed over and performed CPR, trying to save the boy's life.

"All of a sudden, you heard this screaming and yelling," said Robert Carter, a neighbor. "Then, we found out the child died, but we still didn't know what happened until a day later."Police said Wilson bought the shotgun from an unknown person and that its purchase was not considered illegal because Wilson is 18 and has no known criminal background, and the firearm — a Silver Eagle pump action shotgun — is not considered to be a regulated firearm.

The charging document also reveals Wilson was able to buy a shotgun from someone after selling or trading a puppy for it.

"Another tragedy in the Black community, but it's children, and that goes to show you how easy it is for a child, an 18-year-old, to get a shotgun. That's how easy it is," Carter said.

Wilson was arrested Tuesday on an arrest warrant that was issued on Jan. 10, charging him with first- and second-degree murder. He's due in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 15.

In the home, police found a black Silver Eagle pump action shotgun with one cartridge in the tube; a spent 12-gauge shell; live 12-gauge cartridge; owner's manuel; swabs of blood; empty box of three PIT BULL 00 Buck with heavy duty slug; and two cellphones.

According to documents, King was shot in the back, head and shoulders. His death was ruled a homicide.

Wilson had been placed in charge of watching his four younger siblings.

But, police said no one was home when King was shot.

Documents showed that Wilson called his mother to come home because King had been shot. However, Wilson told his father that King had shot himself, but the father found King in the front bedroom and a gun in Wilson's bedroom, according to charging documents.

 A neighbor told police she thought she heard a gunshot and heard the mother yelling for help. The neighbor went next door and attempted CPR before police and medic arrived.

Documents said that Wilson bought a gun from an unknown person. Because he had expressed interests in guns, his parents took him to a shooting range for his18th birthday.

Police arrested Wilson on January 17. Loved ones mourned King's short life and remembered him as 'the sweetest child you will ever meet.' 

'His silly personality and welcoming snagga [sic] tooth smile could warm and cheer anyone up,' GoFundMe family representative Rebecca Bishop wrote. 

'His care for others and the love he sent out into the world was infectious and our world is forever darkened with him gone.'

King was one of 12 siblings with eight brothers and three sisters.

Their relationships were described as an 'inseparable bond.' 

A GoFundMe set up to support the family raised more than $7,400 as of Thursday evening. Police said they found Dylan's older brother, Devin Wilson, in another room in the house wearing clothes that were stained with a large amount of suspected blood. Police said Wilson was holding a shotgun to his forehead and that officers were able to talk Wilson into putting the gun down.

Police said Dylan was taken to a hospital, where he died. The medical examiner's office ruled Dylan's death a homicide by a single shotgun wound.

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