15-Year-Old Dies After An Apparent Accidental Shooting In SE OKC, Police Say


Monday, August 30th 2021, 4:24 pm
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A teenage boy is dead and an investigation underway after a shooting in southeast Oklahoma City. 

Officials said a group of teens were playing with a gun over the weekend when the gun went off.

It happened just before 9 p.m. Saturday. Police responded to a trailer park near SE 89th and Bryant. 

When officers got there, they found a boy dead at the scene. He was later identified as Rudy Simmons.

"It appears that this was a group of juveniles engaging in horse play with a gun, and sadly, it resulted in one person being shot and killed," said Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight.

One woman said she lives down the street from where the shooting happened and noticed several police cars at the end of the block.

"I thought, 'well, it's something bad' obviously," said Roberta Dunn, a neighbor. "There's too many cars down there."

Simmons was a freshman at Moore High School. The district sent out a statement to staff, students and families and said, in part:

"...Our hearts grieve with the family, and we surround them with our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. An increased level of counseling services is available..."

"I have grandkids, and it devastates me that something that close could happen to a teen," said Dunn.

Investigators said no arrests have been made, but they have interviewed the people involved. The case will be presented to the Cleveland County district attorney. The district attorney's office will determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

"We've seen this so many times over the years," said Knight. "Kids playing with guns, and it ends up in a tragedy. So please, be mindful if you have a gun in your house."

No one else was hurt during the incident. If you have any other information on this case, call the homicide tip line at 405-297-1200.