Mentally Disabled Man Mistakes Gun for Toy and Kills Sister

Handicapped: Family told officials Marcus Anderson didn't realize the gun was real due to being mentally handicapped

by Barry Burch Jr.

Playing with guns is dangerous, apparently even when it’s a toy; because that toy gun might actually be real, loaded and ready to shoot.

Sadly a woman was accidentally shot to death by her mentally disabled brother, who mistook a gun for a toy.

Last Thursday, Marcus Anderson, 20, of St. Louis, Missouri, allegedly fatally shot his sister Alicia Anderson, 15, with a spray painted shotgun. He was arraigned Friday.  Marcus is currently in the custody of authorities and faces a charge of second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

According to the paper, St. Louis Post – Dispatch, Marcus allegedly said to investigators that he had not known the gun was real.

As reported by Daily Mail, authorities say Marcus shot his sister with a gold spray-painted 20-gauge shotgun he found hidden behind a dresser.  The police said a friend of the family owned the gun and had moved in with the Andersons just a few days prior to the incident.

Marcus reportedly was told by his sister ‘to stop playing around with the gun,’ and that is when he then allegedly pointed the gun in the direction of his sister, Alicia, and pulled the trigger.  He shot her in the head.

Officials told the paper that Marcus’s mental health will be important when attempting to prove criminal negligence for Marcus’s charge of second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office spokesperson Susan Ryan told the paper, “It’s a heartbreaking case, no question about  it…These  kinds of cases are the hardest when it comes to how prosecutors make charging decisions, but their job is to follow the evidence and the law.”

Marcus is not receiving a simple slap on the wrist for his role in his sister’s death even though he is mentally disabled.  He will instead be tried for a very serious crime; however, this will most likely be when his mental state comes up.   He is currently being held on $20,000 bail.

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