Family Reeling After 13-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Self on Instagram Live

(NBC) - While sitting in her kitchen Monday night, Shaniqua Stephens suddenly heard a loud bang coming from her son Malachi's room.

She ran upstairs to investigate along with her daughter, both yelling his name. After kicking down his locked door, they discovered the 13-year-old laying on the floor in a pool of blood, with his phone opened to Instagram.

"I was just screaming 'Call 911, call 911,'" Shaniqua Stephens, Malachi's mother, told NBC News. Hours later, she said, the boy died at a local hospital.

Now, police in Forest Park, Georgia are trying to trace where Malachi Nasir Hemphill got the Hi-Point 9 mm pistol he was handling before he accidentally shot himself in the head on Monday.

His mother says at least 10 to 15 people watched the shooting in real-time on Instagram and immediately rushed to the home. She said her son was attempting to put a clip in the gun when it went off.

Authorities have filed paperwork in hopes of obtaining the social media evidence and say charges are possible. No signs point to the shooting being suicide, police said.

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