Family: Man killed girlfriend’s son while playing ‘zombies’
The family of a 6-yearold boy says he was shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend in northeastern Georgia while they were playing “zombies.”
Laura Stamey told WRDW-TV that her grandson Ryder was playing with her daughter’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Benjamin Goodson, when Goodson shot Ryder. Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said the boy died Monday night at a home in Hephzibah, a town of about 4,000 people just south of Augusta.
Goodson was taken into custody and charged with murder, child cruelty and other offenses, the county sheriff’s office said. According to an arrest report, Goodson shot Ryder in the chest with a shotgun. The report said the gun didn’t fire at first, so he had to pull the hammer back and aim and shoot again. Alcohol may have been involved.
It’s unclear if Goodson has a lawyer who could comment.