ORLANDO, Florida (WESH) – A Florida man is facing charges after a deadly shooting that investigators say took place as he was acting out lyrics to a rap song.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Rodney Patrick was acting out the lyrics of a Waka Flocka Flame song when he picked up a gun he thought was unloaded and fired it.
The song, “Bustin At ‘Em,” features lyrics such as, “shoot first, ask questions last.”
Douglas Winslow, 17, was killed.
Patrick initially told the 911 dispatcher that Winslow asked to see the gun and accidentally shot himself, but deputies said Patrick is the one who pulled the trigger.
“I didn’t know it was loaded, and he wanted to see it,” Patrick said.
Patrick said Winslow is his girlfriend’s little brother.
“Oh my God, that poor kid. He had so much to live for,” Patrick said.
He is being held on no bond.
“We’ve got a gun being waved around. We’ve got the safety being clicked on and off, a loaded gun. A reasonable person knows or should know that action can result in somebody’s death,” said prosecutor Gary Beatty.
Patrick is also charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance.
He faces 25 years to life if convicted.