Gulfport teen was shot in the chest while filming a gun video for social media, cops say

Damien Thompson Jr.
Damien Thompson Jr.

The death of a 16-year-old boy who died of a gunshot wound has been ruled accidental, police said.

The Gulfport Police Department issued a press release Tuesday afternoon saying Damien Thompson was filming a video to upload to a social media website with two other 15-year-old boys around 9 a.m. Saturday. The teens were displaying firearms, and the handgun Thompson was holding accidentally discharged into his chest, police said.

The two 15 year olds took two handguns, one shotgun and a rifle out of a house to hide them, police said, but the guns were later found by officers.

Both were charged with possession of a handgun by a minor and tampering with evidence. The case will go to Youth Court, and the investigation will be presented to a grand jury.

Thompson died at a Gulfport hospital after officials found him in the bedroom a home in the Villa Del Ray neighborhood on Ponderosa Drive near Bonita Drive, police said.

Damien Thompson lived with his grandmother, Leslie Thompson, and his older brother, and had grown up in the neighborhood. The three of them had moved to Bayou View a year ago.

He had five younger siblings who live with their mother, Catrease Hyde.

His father and namesake, Damien Thompson Sr., was shot to death on Monticello Drive, a nearby street, on March 4, 2013.

Gulfport police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said how the teens obtained the weapons is part of the investigation. He said the guns were not immediately reported stolen.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with more information is asked to call Gulfport police at 228-868-5959.

Robin Fitzgerald contributed to this report.