A South Carolina group that advocates against gun violence among young people visits a Gwinnett County neighborhood where two teens lost their lives New Year’s Eve.
Jack Logan, founder of “Put Down the Guns Now Young People”, was so touched by the tragedy in which 15-year-old Devin Hodges took his own life after accidentally shooting and killing his 17-year-old friend Chad Carless, that he and a volunteer drove from Greenville to pass out more than 300 gun safety locks to neighbors in the rain.
“This is the worst gun violence in America to me. All of them are sad, but this one takes precedence over the rest of them,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Gwinnett County Police investigators say the two teens were among a group of four inside a make-shift shed when Hodges took out a handgun to show them. It went off, hitting and killing Carless before help could get there. As police arrived, Hodges was seen running between two homes where he then took his own life with the same gun.
“Out of all the malice with gun violence and all the other tragedies, this one has touched me the worst,” says Logan.
He says he is not opposed to legal gun ownership, but wants to promote safety.
“This could have been prevented,” says Logan. “We’re trying to prevent this from happening again in this subdivision or any other subdivision.”