UAPB LB Shot and Killed by Teenager Playing With Gun in Mother’s Car

Lydell Hartford Jr

Guns aren’t toys.

Life isn’t a movie, this happens far too often. Senseless death because someone is being irresponsible around a gun. Please pay attention to this story, so we can stop this from happening.

Lydell Hartford Jr, a freshman linebacker at UAPB was pronounced dead Tuesday morning in what police are calling an accidental shooting.

Hartford and the teen were in his mother’s 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, parked in the driveway of Hartford’s home, Boyd said. The teen discovered a .38-caiber pistol that also belonged to Hartford’s mother inside the car and began to remove the bullets. Hartford warned him to stop, but the teen ignored Hartford and kept unloading bullets until he thought the gun was empty. The boy squeezed the trigger three or four times until the pistol fired a bullet that hit Hartford in the neck. The teen pulled him out of the vehicle and laid him on the driveway. Hartford died about an hour later, Boyd said.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested and booked with negligent homicide. The Sheriff’s Office is not identifying the teen because he is a juvenile.

Thoughts and prayers are with Hartford’s family and friends.