UPDATE 8/9/18- After an initial court appearance, Dylan Morgan now has been charged with murder in addition to the other charges in the fatal shooting.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
Police say a dispute over a song choice led to a teen's untimely death early Sunday morning in Terre Haute.
Gage E. Eup, 18, of Terre Haute, was shot in the face and killed. He was found by arriving officers lying on the living room floor of the suspect's residence around 3 a.m.
Two suspects were taken into custody:
Investigators said alcohol and drugs were being used at the small party held at the Cleveland Avenue home -- where Morgan lived with his fiancee, Neace. Morgan allegedly recklessly pointed the firearm at the victim -- firing the fatal round during the get -together.
According to the probable cause affidavit, prepared by Det. Kenny Murphy,of the Terre Haute Police Department, Eup's friend called 911 a short time after the incident-- scared for his own life after what he'd witnessed. The friend waited until he felt he was far enough away from the shooting suspect until he called for help several blocks away.
He told investigators that he had gone to the home with Eup. Three others had gone to a nearby gas station to get gas and cigarettes just minutes before the shooting.
While the others were gone, the argument over the song began.
"Dylan was angry over a song Gage was playing on the TV. Dylan told him he was going to go to his room and get his
gun to shoot him if he does not change the song," the friend told police.
Morgan returned holding a black handgun. He reportedly removed the magazine, showed them he removed
it and then cocked the gun back and showed him and Eup the bullet.
The friend reportedly was standing by the front door when he heard the shot fired less than one minute later.
"Hey, look at this," he recalled Morgan saying.
According to the documents, the witness said Morgan pointed the gun about 3-inches from Eup's face before "he heard a gunshot,saw blood splatter and Gage’s body dropped."
Morgan and Neace allegedly told police the shooting was a suicide, before Morgan eventually said it was an accident.
Morgan and Neace are set to appear for an initial hearing Aug. 9 in Vigo Superior Court Div. 1 before Judge John Roach.
Terre Haute, Indiana
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