As for Age 17 years old A Queens girl was shot dead while sitting in the passenger seat of a car for The Post Sunday that the gun may have been fired accidentally when the gunman was bluffing with the weapon.
The 15-year-old suspect was carrying a gun with him in the back seat when Shantasia O’Brien was hit in the backMother Karen O’Brien said in an interview. O’Brien said the alleged shooter is the younger brother of the victim’s friend, who was in the driver’s seat during the fatal accident.
“I don’t know what he was doing with a gun. It doesn’t make sense, why do you have to play with a gun?” O’Brien said of the alleged teen shooter.
“And he was there with a gun and he shot her. The officer told me he was playing with the gun and it was an accident. It was an accident, but I lost my daughter and she can’t come back.”
was the boy Charged Saturday of manslaughter, criminal possession of a second-degree weapon and tampering with physical evidence, the police said.
O’Brien, 44, said authorities told her that Shantasia may not have known the gun was in the car.
“So she got shot and didn’t even know what was going on,” she said from her home in Queens Village.
She said the police also told her they didn’t know more because the suspect’s parents had acted as his lawyer.
“So they don’t know where he got the gun from. They don’t know where the gun got into,” O’Brien said.
“They don’t know what happened,” she continued. “They only know she was the passenger in the front seat and he was in the back, playing with a gun, and she was shot by mistake.”
Even more devastating, Shantasia was home for the weekend from Stony Brook University on Long Island where she was a student to celebrate her 18th birthday on Saturday.
The night of the shooting, her mother planned to take her out to celebrate. Now she regrets taking her on Thursday to bring her home.
“And now I feel guilty on my conscience,” O’Brien said.
When she got a call from Shantasia’s cell phone just after 5 p.m., instead of her daughter on the other line, her teenage boyfriend O’Brian didn’t know it was her.
“He said, Shani has been shot.” I started screaming. I said, “Who is this?” “And he wouldn’t say who he was,” O’Brien recalls.
He said: They are taking her to the hospital. I said: Which hospital? Which hospital? “When we find out we’ll tell you,” he said.
Shantasia was taken to Jamaica Hospital via EMS where she was pronounced dead shortly before 6 pm
O’Brien said the aspiring pharmacist was passionate about college. Since primary school, she has not fallen into any trouble and has been a student in a row.
“So it really hurts me that that’s it. That is it? Chaney just gone and that’s it? I can’t accept that. I don’t think it’s fair to her either,” O’Brien said.
“This boy doesn’t know how many lives he has destroyed. My heart is in ruins.”
Shantasia left behind three siblings, including her baby sister who asked her mother why doctors couldn’t give her older sister a new heart to live in.
‘I tell her, ‘It doesn’t work that way.’ She said, ‘Mom, I’ll never see her again?’ I said, ‘No, Shani’s gone. She’s gone.’ “