Manslaughter charge: Boy, 16, was showing off gun in Columbia Heights apartment when girl, 15, was shot

31 March 2022

A 16-year-old boy was displaying a handgun for several teenagers in a Columbia Heights apartment and fatally shot a 15-year-old girl, according to a charging document filed Thursday.

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High of Minneapolis was charged by juvenile petition in Anoka County District Court with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the shooting of Derryanna D. Davis of Columbia Heights shortly before midnight on March 24.

The County Attorney’s Office said it is seeking to have High certified by the court to be prosecuted as an adult. His next court hearing is scheduled for April 26. In the meantime, he remains in custody.

Davis attended Columbia Heights High School. The school district issued a statement the day after the shooting that said, in part, “Gun violence has taken far too many loved ones from our families, schools and communities. We are deeply saddened by this death, and we extend our condolences to the student’s family and friends.”

According to the prosecution:

A 911 call about gunfire supposedly piercing an exterior wall sent police to the apartment in the 3900 block of NE. 3rd Street, where they found Davis in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to her left side. Emergency responders declared her dead at the scene.

Police seized a handgun in the apartment with a spent shell casing lodged in the chamber. Investigators quickly concluded the gunfire came from inside the residence.

Sheriff’s deputies determined there were eight teenagers ranging from 14 to 17 years old in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Earlier that evening, High and five of the teenagers were at a fast-food restaurant, where High and one of the others were showing off guns.

Once at the apartment, according to several of the teenagers, High “was playing with the gun, swinging it around and pointing it at the group,” the charging document read. “Others recall that Damico was only pointing the gun at [Davis].”

High had removed the clip from the gun, but there was still a round in the chamber, charges said. Two of the teenagers told detectives that High said “merch I won’t do this” just before pulling the trigger. One of them explained the phrase meant High was asking to be dared to shoot.

High hit Davis with one shot, sending many of the teenagers fleeing.

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