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Raleigh toddler accidentally shoots self; 34-year-old charged

Posted April 3, 2015
Updated April 4, 2015

— A 34-year-old man was charged Friday night after a 2-year-old boy shot himself in the face at a home in north Raleigh, police said.

Jamick Dakota Corley was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number, failure to store a firearm safely to protect a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

According to authorities, the toddler shot himself in the face at about 4 p.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Evergreen Forest Way, near Capital Boulevard, in north Raleigh. Corley lives at the home, police said.

The toddler was taken to WakeMed but later transferred to Duke Hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

In a 911 call released by authorities Saturday afternoon, a woman can be heard screaming as she tells dispatchers that the child shot himself.

"I heard a pop and ran upstairs and he was bleeding from the mouth," the woman said.

After telling authorities that the child shot himself in the chin, the woman said the boy was starting to go to sleep.

"His eyes are getting weak. He's breathing and gurgling," she said.

Shortly after law enforcement officials arrived at the home, the caller said that the boy was awake and talking.

Danny Royale lives in the neighborhood. He said the child was quickly rushed out of the home.

"The infant was only wearing diapers and they rushed out of here so fast. We didn't know what was happening," Royale said.

It was not immediately clear if Corley was related to the toddler. Corley was being held in the Wake County Detention Center.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing.


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  • Belinda Warrick Apr 5, 2015
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    He wasn't a "gun owner" he was a "convicted felon who has no right to be in possession of a gun" he also tampered with the serial number. That is not what REAL gun owners do. We get them legally, store them properly and keep records on the serial number and any previous owners. Our kids are trained to use and be safe with guns at an appropriate age that may vary depending on the situation. He was NOT a "gun owner" he was a person with an illegal weapon. There sure are some pretty dumb comments on here. I just don't know how some people survive being so ignorant.

  • Scott Mace Apr 4, 2015
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    Fewer of ANYTHING sold means there are fewer to enter the black market. Are saying that we shouldn't sell so many guns legally to legitimate people, because then there would be fewer to end up in the hands of criminals? Really? So what else should we not sell so many of to keep off of the black market? Cars? iPhones? Expensive athletic shoes? jewelry? It's easy to single out guns for special treatment when you are fundamentally against their very existence.

  • Alan Baker Apr 4, 2015
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    Fewer guns sold and more stringent requirements on purchase and registration make it harder for guns to enter the black market where they wind up in criminal hands? Just as an example. There are certainly pointless gun laws but the "Gun Laws Don't Work Because Criminals Don't Listen" notion is equally foolish.

  • Patrick Demby Apr 4, 2015
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    1, you're wrong.
    2, 95N or 40W. I'll help you pack and move.

  • Clovis Sangrail Apr 4, 2015
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    RAL seems to have forgotten about the Duke Noose 2.0 but here is a fun fact:
    FRPA has nothing to do with Duke being able to release the information about the student who confessed like their race and gender.
    And under the "directory information" provision they could release information on the groups the person belonged to.

    And there is nothing to prevent them from characterizing what the student told them their motive was.

    So Broadhead lied.

    And the Provost told students on Thursday that the community "wasnt safe", and yet Duke does nothing to clear up the issue they cause.

  • Edward Levy Apr 4, 2015
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    Maybe this piece of trash shot this TODDLER. I do not believe his story. He was probably high on something. He is a felon. What was his previous criminal history

  • Jack Jones Apr 4, 2015
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    - It was Jindal/NRA in Louisiana - Letting it go.

  • Rick Price Apr 4, 2015
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    Please explain to me how " gun laws " keep CRIMINALS from getting guns ???????

  • John Dees Apr 4, 2015
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    You won't get an answer. Most of the stupid liberals don't even know which end of the gun the round comes out of.
    Sounds like the weapon was not his. I have never had a reason to alter or obliterate a serial number on any of my guns.
    For you people asking about the tea party political insinuations, it is toungue in cheek humor. If you don't understand it, well, go back to playin g your guitar and hiitng that bowl

  • Clovis Sangrail Apr 4, 2015
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    Well he sure looks remorseful