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Boy, 16, charged in fatal shooting of teen in Lower Macungie

Chris Perez, 17, was killed

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A teenager was charged Wednesday in a shooting that left a 17-year-old boy dead in Lehigh County.

The 16-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in juvenile court, according to District Attorney Jim Martin.

The shooting happened April 8 in the 3900 block of Orchard Road in Lower Macungie Township. Chris Perez, 17, of Allentown, was killed.

The suspect was with four friends, including Perez, in the basement of a home when Perez asked the boy to show him a shotgun, Martin said in a release.

One of the friends present said Perez asked the juvenile if the gun was loaded, and the juvenile said it was not.

Perez handled the gun and gave it back to the juvenile, who then waved the gun and pointed it toward the victim, when the shotgun was fired, officials said.

Witnesses said the juvenile appeared shocked and immediately dropped the gun after it fired.

The gun, an Ithaca 12-gauge shotgun, was found at the scene. The safety was in the off position, Martin said. Officials identified the shotgun as belonging to an adult resident of the Orchard Road home.

The shooting was reported to police as accidental.

Involuntary manslaughter is charged when the circumstances show the perpetrator acted in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, Martin said.

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