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Marcus Anderson, Mentally Challenged Man, Charged in Accidental Shooting of Sister

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Marcus Anderson.
On Friday, we reported on a tragic shooting in the Penrose neighborhood in which a twenty-year-old man allegedly killed his fifteen-year-old sister in an accidental shooting. Police Chief Sam Dotson immediately cited the incident as further evidence that stronger gun control is needed, noting that the suspect is mentally challenged. It's unclear what exactly his disabilities are, but Marcus Anderson is facing charges in the death of his teenage sister, Alicia.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has issued a warrant for second-degree involuntary manslaughter against Anderson, who remains behind bars with bond set at $20,000.

There aren't a lot of details yet on how he ended up killing his sister, but it appears he may have thought the gun was a toy.

See also: New St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson: "More Guns Is Never The Answer"

Here's Dotson's initial tweet on the matter, which came a day after he spoke about the need for stricter gun laws at a St. Louis City Hall rally:

At that Wednesday evening rally -- full remarks available here -- Dotson argued for gun reforms with a car analogy, saying, "All I ask with respect to guns is that we start treating them with half as much caution as we treat cars. If people want to own a gun, they should be required to submit proof of identity and pass a basic background check."

Dotson hasn't offered any additional commentary on the shooting incident involving the Anderson family other than to say, "This is why gun control is important."

The official police report says that when officers arrived, the girl had been shot in the head and was already deceased. Cops found her brother by the firearm -- and he was immediately detained.

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Police Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay at last week's Organizing for Action gun control rally.

The shooting happened on the 4600 block of San Francisco Avenue.

As we noted in our earlier coverage, the family had recently moved into that home and the weapon, a 20-gauge shotgun, may have belonged to a friend. It was reportedly hidden behind a dresser and spray-painted gold -- which is why he might have thought it was a fake.

The siblings' mother apparently told police that she had tried to hide the gun behind the dresser and court documents say Marcus' sisters told him to stop playing around with the gun, but that he pointed it at Alicia's head and fired.

Here's the full SLMPD incident report.

Incident: Homicide
Location: 4600 block of San Francisco
Date/Time: 8/22/13 @ 13:22
Victim: Alicia Anderson, 15-year old black female of the 4600 block of San Francisco
Suspect: 20-year old black male
Officers responded to a call for a shooting and upon arrival, located the victim lifeless. The suspect, who is the victim's brother, was found in close proximity of the firearm and was detained pending further investigation. The firearm was recovered. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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13 comments
Derek Polston
Derek Polston

he should go free and the parents or caregiver should be on trial. You don't leave unlocked, loaded guns around Mentally Challenged People...

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

The cops and prosecutors do. The judge and jury will.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"The comparison to a drunk driver is absurd. In that situation the person makes the choice to drink" this guy made a choice to pull the trigger on the gun.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

and you somehow know more than those people?

Trent Harvey
Trent Harvey

Just because he's mentally handicapped doesn't "exempt" him from the law. He still committed a crime, regardless and should face the penalty for it. A drunk driver "didn't know what he was doing" when he plowed head first into someone else and killed them but he still pays the price. That being said - Charges should also be brought against the person who negligently handled their weapon. Something along the lines of Negligent Homicide / Manslaughter.

Phil Janovick
Phil Janovick

NO !!!! Charge the idiot that allowed the gun to be put in his hands !!!! simple as that !!!!!!! IDIOTS !!!!

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

Clearly a bunch of casual Facedook readers who only know what is posted above are in a far beter position to mke this decision than the police and prosecuors personally familair with al aspects of the case.

Cindy Daniels Graven
Cindy Daniels Graven

the charges should be against the person that allowed the gentleman access to a gun in the first place

rossi10283
rossi10283

@Trent Harvey you speak well.  i was debating in my thoughts about this issue.  and i do agree with what you say.  the way you sID IT MAKES SENSE TO ME.

gingernm
gingernm

@Trent Harvey"Just because he's mentally handicapped doesn't "exempt" him from the law."  It may very well do exactly that.  And, it should.

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