Jesus Take the Wheel: 11-Year-Old Boy is Shot and Dies While at his Football Coach’s House

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Jesus Take The Wheel, News, SMH

Mitchell “D.J.” Maxwell was at a sleepover, with two other teammates, at his football coach’s house. Even though it was an accident, the three little boys thought they were playing with an unloaded pellet gun. One of the boys pretended to shoot the gun and the other little boy actually pulled the trigger.

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WAYCROSS, Ga. — A 12-year-old middle school football player shot and killed a teammate with a pellet gun during a sleepover at their coach’s house.

Mitchell “D.J.” Maxwell, 11, was shot with a .177-caliber pellet gun at the Albany Avenue home of his football coach. He was transported to Satilla Regional Medical Center, where he died.

Felicia Thomas said her sixth-grade son was at a sleepover with two other boys at the coach’s home when he was shot.

Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said the three boys were playing a PlayStation 3 video game when one of the boys picked up what he thought was an unloaded pellet rifle and pretended to shoot it, then handed it to a 12-year-old who apparently shot Maxwell in the chest from point-blank range.

After trying to stop the bleeding themselves, the children notified two adults watching television in the next room that Maxwell was hurt, but did not immediately say he had been shot.

Stacey Chavez, 35, called 911 while Thomas “Zach” Williams, 22, performed CPR until Ware County emergency medical services personnel arrived.

According to the police report, the paramedics didn’t know the boy had been shot until they got to the hospital. They thought he was having an asthma attack.

In the 911 calls, the caller told the operator the boy was gasping for air and that he had a history of asthma.

“He’s unresponsive but he’s breathing,” one of the callers told 911.

“Do you know if he has a history of asthma or anything?” the 911 operator asked.

“He’s one of my football players, and his cousin’s here now and says he does have asthma,” the caller said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Savannah office.

Royal said the case remains under investigation and the results would be turned over to the district attorney’s office for review and any further action.

Maxwell’s mother said she could not believe her son was gone.

“I just thought the world of him. I was so proud of him,” said Thomas. “I just looked forward to him growing up and becoming a man and really showing me what he’s made of. I worked really hard on him.”

Mitchell Maxwell, Sr., D.J.’s father, said he’s dealing with pain and frustration, still trying to come to grips with what happened to his son.

“I don’t think he meant to kill him, but still you don’t play like that,” Maxwell, Sr. said. “My child is gone. … You shouldn’t put a gun, whether it’s a pellet gun, a real gun, whatever, to anybody and pull the trigger.”



  • Nette_CB4EVA

    Wow I don’t understand whats going on!

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Thank you to all those ppl for what…’s the coach fault for having the gun in his place where the kids could reach it……..don’t blame the artist….the job is still the parents or the guardian to protect the kids……not the artist…

  • Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo.....)


    Oh, for sure!

    When I have kids, I hope to raise them in a way where they are able to differentiate between what is real and what is fake. I think too many young kids are blurring the two and they cant decipher certain things…..and that is when the parent steps in; to filter.

    But too bad the “parents” are simple-minded right along with the kids.

  • http://bossip Ikes Boyotch

    B!tch please GTFOH

  • white male

    Is Snoop his football coach???

  • it"s me

    R.I.P, may god be with you and your family…

  • 1TruDiva with the PlatinumVocals--Remembering Shaniya!!

    Kami is RIGHT!!!!

    The kids see violence all around them. So much that it has d e s e n s i t i z e d them.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    All I was asking you do is admit that the parents can be at fault…if you’re a realist like you say…..look at all angles and not just talk about one….becos then you’re an opportunist and not a realist…you see the opportunity where you can bash others who portray a certain look and you go for the throat.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Okay…lets go with that….he ask his father for a violent game and the dad says no becos of the violence….1st off before sending your child to anyones house I believe that you should know that person through and through….and if that person doesn’t live like you think they should then your child shouldn’t be allowed to go there especially not for a sleepover…..

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    We could go at this all day….I still say it starts with the parents….but I would be a fool to think that society doesn’t play a part in the raising of kids….A parent has to be mentally and spiritually strong and instil certain values in their kids and pray to God that it sticks….so I do understand.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    That is so true…parents want their kids to be their friends…you can’t be your kids friends becos then they would treat you as such…..a friend….Kids need to be able to comfortable enuff to tell their parents everything without being fearful….I know it is possible becos my nephew who is 12 tells my sister everything…when something hurts, when someone messes with him at school or on the playground etc…..ur kids need to be comfortable with you…..not be your friend…where YOU tell them who ur sleeping with, how many drinks you had and all this other bull.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    @ Kami All Day (Haters give me Promo…..)

    Thanks you…you sound like you have your heads firmly planted on your shoulders yourself…..I’m telling you growing up was far from being a picnic for me…it wasn’t all horrible but when it was crazy it was crazy…I had a verbally and physically(as in horrible beatings) abusive father (especially 2wards my brothers) and a submissive mother…..among other things that I will not discuss but life teaches you things… it is what it is I guess….today I’m in a good mood and I’m looking forward to an even better future.

  • Syxxi.f.u.x

    LOL @ ur reference to the robbery and Jeezy and Gucci….lol
    They sure would be running home and looking for mommy or daddy to bail them out…

    Like you said great convo…..hopefully we’ll bump into each other and again on this crazy site…lol

    Have a blessed day.

  • 1TruDiva with the PlatinumVocals--Remembering Shaniya!!

    Reading both of your posts reminded me of a show Oprah did in which parents were asked if they snooped through their children’s rooms and stuff. I remember shouting at the TV all throughout the show.

    There is no such thing as privavy in MY house EXCEPT for me!

    The only door you close is the BATHROOM door!

    I wish you WOULD say something about me going through your stuff!

    Again, until we do a better job of monitoring our children, we’ll continue to see t r a g e d i e s like this.

  • Gimmeabreak 78

    I said it in a separate thread a few days ago. It’s amazing how 2nd Amendment advocates push for the widespread availability of firearms for everyday citizens. I know in this case it was pellet gun, but consequences of irresponsible legal gun ownership are highlighted in this unfortunate scenario.

    May God comfort the hearts of this young man’s family.

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