The 16-year-old boy, who is being charged as an adult after a gun went off during an incident at an Erie residence, killing a 14-year-old girl has been arraigned this Friday. 

The incident happened as a group of friends gathered at an apartment on the first floor of a home in the 1600 block of Chestnut Street. 

Three teens were visiting two friends there, who were ages 19 and 21, and two other adults were home at the time of the shooting incident, according to the City of Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny. 

The group planned to attend a party together, but Shearer noticed a shotgun, started handling it, and it discharged.

The Erie County Corner ruled the death a homicide. The 14-year-old girl, who police said was Shearer's girlfriend, was fatally shot in the head. 

Riley Shearer is being charged with the following: 

  • Aggravated Assault - Attempts to cause SBI or causes injury with extreme indifference
  • Aggravated Assault - Attempts to cause or causes BI with deadly weapon
  • Poss. instrument of Crime with Intent
  • Reckless Endangering Another Person - 5 counts
  • Possession of Firearm by Minor, and 
  • Involuntary Manslaughter

Shearer's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, December 16th. Bail was set at $250,000. 

However, Judge Walsh released him on a monitor.