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Investigators: 3-year-old died playing "gun game"

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:06:36 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 17 2013 05:58:04 AM CDT

A Michigan City man was formally charged Monday with the shooting death of his fiance's young son. WSBT's Denise Bohn has the story.


A Michigan City man is formally charged with accidentally shooting his fiance's little boy.

Investigators say 3-year-old Lance Wilson died playing what they called the "gun game."

On Monday, formal charges were officially filed against 24-year old Zak Grisham with Neglect of a Dependant and Reckless Homicide.

Investigators say Lance Wilson was shot at close range Sunday afternoon in the Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park.

Detectives laid out their case against Grisham in a courtroom Monday afternoon.

They told the judge that Grisham and 3-year-old Lance Wilson would play a game, Lance with an imaginary gun, Zach with a real one.

Children's toys and a teddy bear sit outside a mobile home where Lance Wilson was killed.

Sunday around 3:30 p.m., police were called to the home and found that Lance had been shot once.

Police say Lance lived in the house with his mother and Grisham. And at the time of the shooting two other children, who are relatives, were also in the house.

Detectives say Grisham and the 3-year-old boy started playing the Gun Game, where Lance would point his finger and go "Bang, Bang," and Grisham would respond by pointing his hand gun at the child and say "bang, bang" back.

Police say Grisham admitted to playing the "Gun Game with Lance often, but this time forgot the gun was loaded.

Grisham is expected to be arraigned later this week. His bond is set at $10,000 cash.
He does have a criminal record, including a theft charge back in 2010 and driving with a suspended license.

The detective told WSBT although this was unintentional, Grisham has to be held accountable.