Teenager shot dead after Russian roulette game goes bad


Three St. Paul teenagers survived a game of Russian roulette on Thanksgiving morning, but one of them was later shot dead in the back of the head by another in what police and prosecutors say was a tragic accident.

A 16-year-old boy is expected to be charged on Tuesday with killing Darion Joseph Smith, 15. The juvenile said he didn't know the gun was loaded.

"This was a tragically senseless act and involved young people who seemed to have no regard for the lives of others, including their own friends," Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner told the Pioneer Press.

Charges have already been filed against Daniel Thomas Cornell, 19. Police said Cornell was the owner of the .22-caliber pistol used in the shooting. 

The gun was loaded with blanks during the game, but police say Cornell later loaded it with three live rounds.