14-year-old charged in shooting death of teen on Westside

Henry Atkins, 14, shot outside closed Ricker Road day care in September


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville teenager was arrested Friday in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy last month on the city's Westside.

Christian Ashley, 14, has been charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Henry Atkins.

Atkins was shot outside a closed Westside day care on Sept. 12 and later died at the hospital.

Atkins' family said police told his mother that they suspect the shooting that killed Atkins was accidental, but the family wanted charges filed.

Atkins was dropped off at a fire station near Melvin and Ricker roads with a gunshot wound, said Sgt. Mark Musser with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. He did not survive.

Musser said Atkins was shot behind a closed day care near Indian Lakes Drive and Ricker Road. Three minors were brought in for questioning after flagging down a passerby to take Atkins to the fire station.

Ashley was arrested Friday at Jefferson Davis Middle School on Burma Road in Jacksonville.

Police said no one else has been arrested in the case.