NEWARK — Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the grandmother, aunt and uncle of an 8-year-old boy who fatally shot himself at home on Sunday night.

Jahmeer Allen, 10, who is disabled and in a wheelchair, shot himself after finding the unattended gun belonging to his uncle, Marquis Wright, officials said.

Wright, 18, is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon; third-degree endangering the welfare of a child; third-degree transporting a manufactured firearm without a serial number; and a disorderly persons offense of allowing a minor access to a loaded firearm. He has not been taken into custody.

A 10-year-old and the victim's aunt, Jahnaya Black, 23, were in the Schuyler Avenue apartment sleeping at the time of the shooting, according to prosecutors. The boy's grandmother and legal guardian, Shaneefah Allen, 43, was not home.

Jahnaya Black
Jahnaya Black (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)
Shaneefah Allen
Shaneefah Allen (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Black and Allen have been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and were arrested.

Outside the home on the sidewalk, a sign saying "rest in heaven, Jahmeer" was surrounded by candles, according to an photo.

Stephens asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 877-TIPS-4EC or (877-847-7432).

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

9 amazing facts about lightning you probably didn’t know

The 10 most-lobbied bills in Trenton in 2020 and 2021

The state Election Law Enforcement Commission ranked the most-lobbied bills in Trenton, according to the number of reported official contacts.

Most Expensive House For Sale in Ocean County

Located on East Avenue in Bay Head, the eight bedroom, nine bath home is listed at $11.9 million. The property has a pool, hot tub, a covered porch and direct access to the beach. The home also has three balconies overlooking the ocean, including one off of the master bedroom. Property taxes for the home were $51,899.