Reginald Von Wright Jr. Killed By Accidental Gunshot
By Brevard County Sheriff // February 11, 2014
shot by Steven Donte Speed with AR-15
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORDA – Reginald Von Wright Jr., 18, was accidentally shot by Steven Donte Speed, 25, yesterday about 4:13 p.m. at 3648 Tomlin Drive in Cocoa, according to Major Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department.
In response to a 911 call yesterday afternoon, Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered Wright Jr., 18, with an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.
Wright was airlifted to Holmes Regional Hospital where he died of his injury, according to Goodyear.
Investigators believe that Wright was accidentally shot by Speed who lives at 3648 Tomlin Drive in Cocoa.
According to evidence uncovered thus far in the investigation, Speed was making repairs to an AR-15 rifle while seated in the living room of the residence. As he was working on the firearm, the Wright entered the residence and sat on the couch across from Speed.
As Speed continued handling the weapon, it discharged once, with the bullet striking the victim in the chest. Speed immediately called out to other persons in the residence to call 911, according to Speed who provided the account of what happened during interviews conducted by agents from the Homicide Unit of the Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and a detailed examination is being conducted at the residence by the Crime Scene Unit.
An autopsy is currently scheduled to take place this morning at the Medical Examiner’s office. Once completed, the results of the investigation will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office in order to determine if any charges are applicable in this case.
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to call Agent Kirk Geweniger of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.