Teen shot to head by best friend during sleepover

Dead: Rockey Sawh

A 15-year-old boy is now dead after he was shot to the head during a sleepover at his best friend’s home.
Dead is Rockey Sawh, of Lot 45 David Street, Kitty, Georgetown. He was a student of Cummings Lodge Secondary.
Police investigations revealed that the 16-year-old suspect invited Sawh over to his home and the two friends had a meal about 18:00h. After eating, the teen suspect reportedly breached the lock of a locked wardrobe where a licensed .32 Taurus Pistol owned by his father was secured.
Police said that after retrieving the gun, the teen then showed it to the victim and accidentally pulled the trigger. As a result, Sawh was shot to the right side of his head and fell to the ground. He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition. He died about 17:00h on Wednesday. According to Police, at the time of the incident, the suspect’s parents were not at home.
A .32 Taurus pistol, along with seven live matching rounds, a spent shell and 149 .32 rounds, was retrieved from the scene, Police said.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the teen’s mother, Amrita Panday, she said her son asked her to sleep over at his best friend’s home at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty on Tuesday night, which she agreed to, since it was not the first time the boys had sleepovers.
The mother recalled that her son messaged her when he got to his friend’s home, telling her that he had arrived safely.
However, on Wednesday about 02:00h she said she received a phone call that her son was shot and that she should go to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The grieving mother said that upon arrival, she was informed by doctors that her son was badly wounded.
“The boy’s parents are not saying anything to me; nobody is saying nothing to me. It was only the doctor was cooperating with me,” she said.
“I don’t know what took place, they are best friends, they grew up together,” the grieving mother said, adding that her son had so much life left in him, with great potential.
Sawh was scheduled to write the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations next year.
“I want justice for my son … he is not a bad child: he doesn’t drink, smoke, or nothing; he is very obedient and he listens to me… he is my last son,” the grieving woman said.
Sawh’s body is at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem while the suspect remains in custody. (LaWanda McAllister)