Fatal shooting may be related to video game
By Jessie Burchete
Police believe a Salisbury teen fatally shot his brother while mimicking actions on a video game.
Police believe that 19-year-old Bobby Jonathan Chambers took a semi-automatic Ruger pistol, put it to his brother’s head and pulled the trigger, killing his 20-year-old brother, Elbert Leon “Trey” Chambers III.
Deputy Police Chief Steve Whitley said the brothers and some others were at the Chambers home at 1028 W. Horah St., Wednesday afternoon hanging out and playing video games.
Witnesses told police the younger Chambers picked up the pistol and checked the clip to make sure it was unloaded, before placing the gun near his brother’s head and pulling the trigger.
Whitley said he was unaware that a bullet was in the chamber.
Police are expecting preliminary autopsy results later today that could verify the close proximity of the gun to the victim when it fired.
Bobby Chambers is in the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Whitley said additional charges may be filed, including possible federal charges on a gun violtion.
Chief Deputy Rory Collins said Bobby Chambers had been served notice that he is on the Project Safe watchlist which means he was subject to being watched and subject to federal prosecution for crimes including narcotics and guns.
Under federal prosecution, anyone convicted serves the actual sentence, day for day, with no early release.
“People do not want to be on the Safe list,” Whitley said.
Both of the Chambers brothers were on the police list of known gang members.
During a search of the house, police seized several handguns and narcotics.
Whitley said neither of the Chambers brothers were of legal age to possess a handgun. And both were convicted felons.
Both have been arrested and convicted on various felonies. “The entire family is well known to us,” Whitley said, also referring to the boy’s father, Elbert Leon Chambers Jr., known as “June,” who lives in Winston-Salem.