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Father charged after 2-year-old shoots self

Posted July 11, 2008

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— Police on Friday charged the father of a toddler who shot herself with a loaded gun in her Glen Allen Road home.

James Alton Pergerson, 32, faces a charge of failing to store a firearm to protect a minor.

Investigators said the 2-year-old girl repeatedly shot herself in the leg on Thursday morning. They did not disclose what type of gun was used.

Pergerson brought the toddler to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

Officers ruled that the shooting was accidental.


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  • BUCKEYEnNC Jul 14, 2008

    This isn't rocket science. If you own a firearm, you must store it in a manner that would prevent a child from hurting him or herself.

    There is no excuse for this. He should be charged!

  • myself Jul 11, 2008

    how do you know it was a 12 guage? the story says they didn't reveal the type of gun...

  • grenlyn1 Jul 11, 2008

    Tarheel, they keep saying the type of firearm isn't disclosed. How do you know it was a 12 gauge shot gun?

  • tarheel1968 Jul 11, 2008

    I am still trying to figure out how in the world a 2 yr. old shot herself with a 12 guage shotgun. still sounds fishy to me.Dad needs to be charged. What would he have done if she got killed????????