Behind bars: Taylor Kelly, 18, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say she fired a shot at a friend in a bulletproof vest – but missed
A South Carolina teenager was charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say she fired a shot at a friend in a bulletproof vest, but missed the Kevlar and struck him in the heart.
Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Shelia Cole said Blake Wardell, 26, found an old flak jacket early Wednesday morning in Greenville, put it on and asked 18-year-old Taylor Kelly to shoot him.
Kelly fired a single round from a small-caliber handgun at the vest, but just missed. Authorities say the bullet went through the lining and into Wardell's heart.
Investigators say they have found no evidence of heavy alcohol or drug use at the scene of the crime.
If convicted, the recent graduate of Belton Honea Path High School faces up to five years in prison.
She remains in the Anderson County jail awaiting a bond hearing.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a home on Broadmouth Church Road at around 2.45am and discovered a man lying in the garage with a gunshot wound to the chest, Fox Carolina reported.
Paramedics who were called to the scene attempted to revive Blake Wardell by performing CPR, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead on the spot.
Dangerous game: Deputies say Kelly, pictured left in a Facebook photo, fired a single shot from a small-caliber gun, striking Blake Wardell, 26 (right) in the chest
Bad shot: Kelly allegedly missed the Kevlar and the bullet went through the lining and into Wardell's heart
Gun play: Kelly shared this photo of a handgun on a pile of cash and credit cards on her Facebook page
Deputy coroner Don McCown determined that the 26-year-old victim bled to death.
Officials say Wardell, Kelly and six to eight other friends were hanging out together when the man came up with the ill-fated idea to try on the old flak jacket. Wardell's death has been rule a homicide.
The victim's family told deputies that Wardell had a history of mental illness. He is survived by his father, sister and girlfriend of less than two weeks.
On Wednesday, Blake's parent, James Wardell, eulogized his son in a heart-breaking Facebook post.
Grisly scene: Deputies say after the teen (left) fired her gun, Wardell collapsed in his garage and bled to death
Gun violence: Kelly, pictured her with her presumed boyfriend toting an AR-15 gun, could spend five years in prison if convicted
'You took the truth with you ill [sic] never know what happenbut when i got there i hope you heard me when i said i lopve [sic] u. i do,' he wrote.
The 26-year-old victim posted photos on Facebook two days before his death showing Kelly and other friends spending time together in his home.
Among the dozens of photos shared on Ms Kelly's own Facebook page, most of them showing her pouting, partying with friends or kissing her boyfriend, several depict the 18-year-old handling a large black-and-grey gun. There is no word if it was the weapon used in Wednesday's shooting.