A Lakeland, Florida, teen with ties to a street gang was killed by an armed homeowner last Wednesday, local media reports
Davion Smith, 14, walked over to the house of 43-year-old Virgil Canteen at around 7:30 p.m., said police. The youngster, who was believed to have invaded Canteen’s home back on July 28, was armed with a gun.
When Smith arrived at the residence, he was greeted by Canteen, who was also toting a firearm. The two began to argue and Smith allegedly drew his gun, firing the first shot
Canteen fired back and both were hit multiple times. Smith was fatally wounded while Canteen was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He is now recovering but is not well enough to be formally interviewed, according to The Ledger.com.
Investigators believe that Canteen acted lawfully and, pending further review, will not charge the homeowner for shooting the teen, who had a criminal history, including a felony conviction at the age of 12.
Meanwhile, Smith’s family wants answers about the shooting, believing that the teen did not deserve to die.
“I’m not saying he was an angel, but he was my angel,” said Patricka Smith, the boy’s mother.