A schoolboy has died after accidentally shooting himself during a live Instagram posting in front of his horrified friends.
Thirteen-year-old Malachi Hemphill was recording himself in his bedroom on Monday evening when the tragedy occurred.
He reportedly started handling a gun, while his pals watched and sent him messages via the social media site.
But as he “tried to put a clip in” the weapon, it suddenly went off, causing him to fall to the ground in a pool of blood.
Malachi’s shocked mum, Shaniqua Stephens, ran upstairs after hearing a “big boom” at their home in Georgia, US.
She said she and her daughter kicked-in the teen’s door and found him lying on the floor, surrounded by blood.
Malachi Hemphill, moments before accidentally shooting himself on Instagram Live
“My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom, turn his phone off!’,” a devastated Shaniqua told WXIAnews station.
“As I proceeded to look at his phone, he was on Instagram Live.”
As Malachi was taken to hospital, dozens of kids from the area reportedly rushed to his home, after witnessing the shooting live.
“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside,” Shaniqua said.
Despite doctors’ best efforts, the teenager did not survive his injuries.
Malachi’s bereaved mom, Shaniqua Stephens
His mum said she had been told that he was trying to put a clip in the gun when it suddenly went off, killing him.
She added that she did not know how her son had got hold of the weapon, and that the shooting was an accident.
Detectives investigating the horrifying incident are trying to work out where the gun came from, WXIAreports.
His mum now wants to warn other parents to monitor their children’s activity to prevent a similar tragedy from happening.