Bloomington teen charged in fatal shooting

By Tom McIntyre

January 31, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 2:45 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A McLean County judge set bond for 17-year-old Lar'Ron Carroll at a $500,000 in connection with the January 21 shooting of 16-year-old Kuantrae "Trae" Massey.

Carroll was one of four people inside a Bloomington apartment when Massey was shot in the chest. The weapon was a stolen .357-magnum handgun. Authorities said the boys were handling the gun and as Carroll allegedly gave it to Massey, it went off.

"There was a stolen gun on the property. Other individuals were handling it and one individual was shot with it - the handgun. We know it was stolen; that portion of it is still under investigation," said Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman. "He wasn't charged with intentionally shooting the individual, he was charged with knowingly, knowing the conduct he was engaged in had a strong probability of that. That's why we had to charge him with count one."

According to Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman, there is a cell phone picture showing Lar'Ron Carroll holding the handgun. The weapon itself was found by police the following day in a tree near the apartment complex.

Carroll is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, involuntary manslaughter, possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful use of a firearm. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. He is due back in court February 15.

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