17-year-old charged in shooting death of girlfriend

A 15-year-old girl is dead after authorities say her teenage boyfriend accidentally shot her with a rifle.

Javon Martin, 17, is charged with criminally negligent homicide.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 23100 block of Kimberly Glen Lane in Spring.

Investigators say Martin was playing with a rifle when he pulled the trigger and fired a single shot.

Makaila Simon was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

This marks the 4th death of a child in less than 2 weeks because of an alleged accidental shooting in Harris County.

On January 16th, a 9-year-old boy was killed after Houston police say his cousin, also 9-years-old, shot him.  

Three days later, Houston police say a 13-year-old was accidentally shot in the head and died.

Last Monday, 17-year-old Anabel Lopez was charged with manslaughter in shooting death of her 17-year-old boyfriend in West Harris County.

Sheriff  Ed Gonzalez hopes this prompts gun owners to talk to  their children and teens that guns are not meant to be played with or used as props for "likes" on social media.

"Guns are not toys but apparently people are not getting that message," he told FOX 26.

Gonzalez says children should be taught to always assume the gun is loaded.

"Even with BB guns and pellet guns, they should treat it with the same care as it were a real weapon," he added.

Guns, he says, should always be stored safely. He reminds people that his office does give out free gun locks.

Gonzalez added that his office and its partners can go out and give presentations on gun safety to anyone who is interested.

As for Martin, he was already on bond for a felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle from last summer. On Sunday, a judge set his bond for the most recent charge at $10,000. 

Martin is due back in court Monday morning.