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Tawan Smith

Tawan Smith, 17, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Updated with new information.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A 17-year-old was charged Tuesday for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old while playing with a gun, St. Louis County prosecutors said. 

Tawan Smith, 17, of the 10400 block of Baron Drive in the Castle Point neighborhood, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. 

He allegedly shot and killed Maurtrell Wilkes, 16, at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. The shooting happened in the 10400 block of Baron, police said. Investigators first thought the death was a suicide or accident.

Charging documents say a witness told police that Smith and Wilkes were "playing" while Smith had a gun in his hand. Smith fled after the shooting, charges say. 

Smith is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond. 

This article was corrected to show shooting happened in St. Louis County.