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3-year-old dies after accidental shooting at Lumberton store

Posted January 11

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— A 3-year-old died Sunday after accidentally shooting himself at a store in Lumberton, police said.

Officers responded to the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at about 11 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report about an accidental shooting.

The 3-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said the boy's father, 56-year-old Manal Abdelaziz, is the owner and manager of the store.

The handgun had been stored behind the counter in the business, police said.

The Robeson County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the incident to determine if charges will be filed.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845.

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  • Betty Lanier Jan 11, 2016
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    and what about his shooting is an accident?

  • Jj Parker Jan 11, 2016
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    Tragic for all involved :-(

  • BigWillie Johnson Jan 11, 2016
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    Sometimes Karma issues a fate far worse than the legal system can. Prayers to the family. Leave the Dad alone he has already banished himself to a living H*ll.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 11, 2016
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    Poor baby. My prayers for the family.

  • Norman Lewis Jan 11, 2016
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    The charge is failure to secure a firearm when a minor is likely or can reasonably be anticipated to gain access to the firearm. Grossly negligent storage of a gun.

  • Cathy Teasley Jan 11, 2016
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    these "accidental" shootings need to quit being called an accident....charges should ALWAYS be filed!