A teenager from Washington DC was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head inside an apartment. Dekale Bowman, 18, has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of 16-year-old Taiyania Thompson, The Washington Post reported.
Thompson was a sophomore in high school. She died on Sunday, three days after she was shot.
An arrest affidavit reveals that the girl was shot as she sat on a living room couch. A witness told police that Bowman said the teen couple was “fooling around with their dogs and junk, that she had pointed hers at me and I pointed mine at her, and pow, it just went off.”
According to the affidavit, Bowman also told that witness, “That’s my b*tch. I love her. I did not mean to do it.”
WJLA reported that the witness also revealed, “He [Bowman] told me that while on social media [he was] playing with a gun, and the gun accidentally went off.”
Police, however, believe the fatal shooting was part of a domestic dispute. When police arrived on the scene, they said they found several bullets, empty bullet cartridges and holsters and suspected drugs inside the apartment, reported the Post.
Bowman faces his first hearing in March. Bowman’s attorney has not returned calls to the media.
The victim’s aunt, Erikka Carter, said that she and other family members have never heard of Bowman.
“Rest assured, we want to be in court to find out who he is and why this happened,” Carter said.
Police said the teen couple has been together for about eight months.