Hoverboard linked to fatal shooting of 13-year-old Fla. boy

Boy dies in accidental shooting at Orlando home

Lavardo Fisher.
Lavardo Fisher.

ORLANDO, Fla – A 13-year-old boy died in an accidental shooting involving a hoverboard, according to a report obtained on Tuesday. 

The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office said it was notified that Lavardo Fisher died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The family says Fisher died earlier Monday.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened around 1 p.m. Sunday at a home on Spottswood Drive.

Fisher was visiting a relative’s home with two 18-year-olds when one of the older teens found a gun in a bedroom and started playing with it.

According to the report, one of the older teens had the gun and was on a hoverboard when he lost his balance and the gun went off, wounding Fisher.

Fisher was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he died on Tuesday. 

Lo Wood has coached Fisher for several years. Wood said that Fisher's family is in shock over his sudden passing.

Wood described Fisher as a smart teen who excelled at academics and was very close friends with his children. 

"You has everything you can ask for, you know from the home front, you know to the brains to the academics to the athleticism. He had it," said Wood. "He strived to be the best, so they knew when he came around he always was, we have this motto called the Four H's. Stay humble, stay hungry, keep your head up when things get tough and have fun. That was Lavardo."

The gun belonged to Walter Morame, who was later arrested by investigators for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Morame was not at home at the time of the shooting incident. 

Cameras were rolling as a man was placed in handcuffs while saying, "I love my nephew."

Tony Snellings, who lives next door, said he had just arrived home when he heard a gun go off.

"I know the kid got shot in the neck. Apparently they were just playing with guns," said Snellings. "I guess somehow it went off and the next thing you know, all of this is happening."

Snellings said that Fisher was with his brother and two cousins at the time of the shooting. Snellings also said that he spoke with Fisher's father moments after the shooting.

"He's pretty devastated. He called me and I just told him he needed to get home, and told him what was going on and about five minutes later I saw him running down the street, and he was pretty messed up about it," said Snellings.

Detectives spent several hours at the house, where they were seen carrying evidence bags from the home.

"Close knit family, well-rounded. I think it's a case of kids goofing off and playing with guns, not knowing what can happen," said Snellings.