BALTIMORE — A bizarre shooting game among friends went terribly wrong — the killing was caught on camera.
A judge sentenced the gunman last week and now prosecutors have released the shooting video.
Darnell Mitchell strapped on a bulletproof vest and told his friend Mark Ramiro to shoot him in the chest. Another friend used a camera to record everything, hoping the video would go viral online.
But instead, Ramiro aimed too high: a bullet hit Mitchell in his upper chest, killing him. It happened July 2014 in the basement of a rowhouse on Cedley Street.
Last week, a judge sentenced Ramiro to four years in prison for the fatal stunt, following a guilty plea to second-degree murder last year. It’s a shooting that’s still resonating among neighbors on the block where it happened.
“Honestly, I think the four years should be served,” said Taiwan Harris. “It was an accident, even though it was a stupid mistake,” said Harris.
Ramiro’s attorney wanted his client to be spared jail because he says he’s suffered enough, but prosecutors say a message needed to be sent to people who post reckless videos online.