Suspect in Teen Shooting Death in Custody

Marquell Banks was shot while teens were playing with a gun, police said.

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    Science Burress, 18, is accused of shooting Marquell Banks, 13.

    A teen accused in the shooting death of a 13-year-old in New Haven on Sunday night is in police custody.

    Several kids were hanging out inside the home at 154 Porter St., playing with a shotgun they had found, when it discharged accidentally around 7:30 p.m. and hit Marquell Banks, 13, in the head, sources told NBC Connecticut.

    Banks was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  He is a seventh-grade student from Fair Haven School, a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

    Grief counselors are at the school to help classmates who want to talk to someone. 

    Science Burress, 18, turned himself in on Monday morning. Burress, who turned 18 last Tuesday, has been charged with murder, possession of shot gun and other charges and is being held on a $2 million bond.

    Police are still looking for the gun. 

    Sources said a parent, as well as other children, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

    Sources from the New Haven Police Department said that, even though this was an accidental shooting, detectives are considering it a homicide.
     
    This is the 28th homicide of the year in the city of New Haven. An autopsy will be performed on Monday.