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March 25, 2014

Police: Pittsburgh teen shot 'playing army' dies

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police say charges against a 16-year-old boy who told police he accidentally shot his friend while “playing army” will be upgraded now that the victim has died.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 16-year-old Joseph Robinson Jr., who was arrested Sunday and charged as an adult with aggravated assault and other crimes.

Police say Robinson told them he accidentally shot a 16-year-old identified by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office as Kenneith Lampkin.

Lampkin was shot about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Robinson’s home and died early Monday at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Police and paramedics found Lampkin unresponsive from being shot in the head. Robinson allegedly told police he hid two guns after the shooting, which police later found.

Police planned to add a charge of criminal homicide against Robinson.

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