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Teen shot in Knoxville home dies

| Monday, March 24, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

A teen told police he accidentally shot his friend while they were “playing army” in his home in Knoxville.

Kenneith Lampkin, 16, of the North Side died at 12:55 a.m. Monday in UPMC Mercy, where he was taken after the shooting that police say occurred at 5:29 p.m. Saturday in a home on Zara Street, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Joseph Robinson Jr., 16, was arrested on Sunday on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and firearms violations. Robinson, charged as an adult, told police “he accidentally shot the victim while pointing a gun at him and having his finger on the trigger,” the criminal complaint states.

He said he removed “both weapons from the scene” and hid them, the complaint states. Both weapons were recovered. Pittsburgh police and paramedics found Lampkin unresponsive with what appeared to be a gunshot in the head, authorities said.

A preliminary hearing for Robinson is scheduled for Friday.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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