PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police said charges against a 16-year-old boy who told police he accidentally shot his friend while "playing army" will be upgraded now that the victim has died.
Joseph Robinson Jr. was arrested Sunday and charged as an adult with aggravated assault and other crimes.
According to police, Robinson, 16, told them he accidentally shot a 16-year-old identified by the Allegheny County medical examiner's office as Kenneth Lampkin.
Lampkin, who friends say was Robinson’s best friend, was shot about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Robinson's Zara Street home in Knoxville and died early Monday at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
Police and paramedics found Lampkin unresponsive from being shot in the head. Robinson allegedly told police he hid two guns after the shooting, which police later found.
Police planned to add a charge of criminal homicide against Robinson.
Lampkin was a student at Urban Pathways Charter School, and his teachers and principals described him as a great young man.
"The thing we want you to know about Kenny is not just about how he died but about how he lived -- how he loved his family and how he loved his friends," said school counselor Esther Haguel.
Students have been writing messages on Lampkin’s locker.
“Kenny was well-liked among the student body, so it’s very difficult for not only the students but the teachers as well," said the Rev. Dwight Dumas.
Channel 11 has learned Lampkin lost an older brother to gun violence a couple years ago and made a pledge that his mother wouldn’t have to bury another child.