First on 13: Court documents say teen’s alleged killer left Fort Ann scene after shooting

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The 17-year-old male accused of killing a Fort Ann teenager left the scene after the shooting but returned later with his parents, according to court documents exclusively obtained by NewsChannel 13.

Rycky Stark Jr. was killed on Aug. 16 at his home at 3 Charles St., Apartment D. The shooter pointed a shotgun in Stark’s direction, not realizing it was loaded. The gun fired and hit Rycky in the abdomen. He was taken to Glens Falls Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities do not believe the shooting was intentional.

Court documents gave the following account:

A 22-year-old woman who lives in another apartment in the building told police that she heard a loud bang and went a across the hall to ask the kids who were playing there to quiet down.  

She said the door was open and there were three teens, two boys and a girl, one of them screaming that Rycky had been shot.

She asked where the gun was and they showed it to her. She said she “kept yelling at them to put the gun down.”

“I kept asking them why they were playing with guns.”

The woman said when she asked where the gun was, they showed it to her. They initially told her that the gun fell out of the cabinet.

She told police that she didn’t believe their story.

“Just from walking in, I could tell that it did not happen like that.”

“I was furious. That should not have happened.”

One of the teens, later identified as the shooter, left the scene and went to his home nearby. His mother described him as being “pale white.”

“I asked him what was wrong and he started crying and said something about his friend being hurt.”

“When I asked him again, he said, ‘My friend was shot.'”

NewsChannel 13 is not reporting his name because it is not certain he will be prosecuted as an adult.  

He has been charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment, assault and sexual misconduct. The last charge is related to allegedly having sexual relations with the 13-year-old girl who was inside the apartment. In New York, 13 is too young to legally consent.