1 dead after man gives toddler gun to chase victim, cops say

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Albert Davis is charged with murder, possession of a stolen handgun and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Albert Davis is charged with murder, possession of a stolen handgun and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (Aiken County detention center)

A South Carolina man was charged with murder after police say he gave a 3-year-old boy a gun Tuesday and told him to chase the victim around the yard of a home.

The gun was fired while the child was carrying it and the 24-year-old victim, Timothy Johnson, was shot in the chest, witnesses told police, according to Aiken County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Shunn.

Albert Davis, 31, has been charged with murder, possession of a stolen handgun and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, authorities said.

Shunn told The Associated Press that deputies are still investigating why Davis gave the child the gun and whether Davis was angry at Johnson.

The Aiken Standard reported that the ATF RAGE Task force and the S.C. Department of Social Service are assisting in the investigation.

Neither court nor jail records indicated whether Davis has an attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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