An American schoolboy has died after accidentally shooting himself while his friends watched on Live Instagram.
Malachi Hemphill, 13, was recording himself in his bedroom on Monday evening when the tragedy occurred.
He reportedly started handling a gun, while his pals watched and sent him messages via the social media site.
But as he “tried to put a clip in” the weapon, it suddenly went off, causing him to fall to the ground in a pool of blood.
Malachi’s shocked mum, Shaniqua Stephens, ran upstairs after hearing a “big boom” at their home in Georgia, US. She said she and her daughter kicked in the teen’s door and found him lying on the floor, surrounded by blood.
“My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom, turn his phone off!”. As I proceeded to look at his phone, he was on Instagram Live.”
The mother also believes it was an accident and not a suicide.
Detectives are working to find out how Malachi got ahold of the gun.
Stephens is now urging parents to keep a vigilant eye on what their children are doing. “Monitor their phones, just monitor your children,” Stephens said. “More now than anything.