NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A 19-year-old North Miami Beach man is accused of fatally shooting his 19-year-old friend while watching Monday Night Football.
North Miami Beach police say the shooting happened about 10 p.m. Monday as Brandon Lapeikis and three friends were watching the Seattle-New Orleans NFL game. Lapeikis told detectives he got a pistol from another room, pointed it at Christian Salazar's head and pulled the trigger.
Witnesses say Lapeikis said something to the effect of "game over"
just before firing the gun.
Police say Salazar was shot point blank. He died a short time later at a nearby trauma center.
CBS Miami reports after the shooting Lapeikis ran frantically to a neighbor’s house and said, “My life is over, I can’t believe this just happened.”
Lapeikis reportedly told police he intentionally pulled the trigger but didn’t know the gun was loaded.
Investigators say the two friends had lost touch after high school, but recently started hanging out again.
Lapeikis is being held without bail at the Miami-Dade county jail. He was initially charged with attempted second-degree murder, but when the victim died at the hospital his charges were upgraded to second-degree murder.