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Fayetteville teen shot while sibling unloads gun

Posted July 9, 2014

— Less than 24 hours after Fayetteville’s police chief called on the public to notify officers of children carrying firearms, a 14-year-old boy was shot Wednesday morning while his 15-year-old sibling attempted to unload a handgun.

The incident happened at 787 Broadmore Drive at approximately 11:39 a.m., police said. The injured boy was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators said the weapon was not stolen but have not said how the 15-year-old obtained the handgun or whether any adults will be charged.

Fayetteville police Chief Harold Medlock’s call came during a rally on Tuesday where hundreds gathered outside the Cumberland County Courthouse to demand an end to youth violence in the city. The rally was organized after series of youth-involved killings, including the death of 19-year-old Ravon Jordan, who spoke out against violence but then killed during a gang shootout in June.

"If you know someone, especially a child, who is carrying an illegal firearm, you call us, and we'll come and get it,” Medlock said during the rally. ”No questions asked."


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  • Jump1 Jul 10, 2014

    "to demand an end to youth violence in the city. " This begins at home and with proper education.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 10, 2014

    "Time to round 'em up. Americans have proven themselves unable to manage themselves responsibly" - monami

    How about just rounding them up from those unable to manage themselves responsibly, but leave me alone.

  • Robert Malton Jul 9, 2014
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    You care what your sick of, I don't. I have guns a I raised two boys that are now responsible gun owner, why? Because I taught them safety, I made them attend an NRA hunter and safety course, because I still to this day keep my firearms lock-up when I am not using them. Accident like this occur because someone was not responsible. If you believe was you wrote, then you should have no problem with cars being taken away, they kill more adults and kids then gun accident do.

  • Super Hans Jul 9, 2014

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    I'm with ya, and have said the exact same thing. It is far past time. Let's do this thing!

  • Super Hans Jul 9, 2014

    Here we go again. What was it I was saying about a gun in the home?

  • sunshine1040 Jul 9, 2014

    Folks if you are going to keep a firearm in your home or property then please make sure all over the age 4 have taken a weapons class and make sure all take it yearly if you have younger children then you need to learn how to keep it away from them for both your safety and theirs. If you have someone with anger management issues then sorry you do not need to allow firearms in your home

  • monami Jul 9, 2014

    Time to round 'em up. Americans have proven themselves unable to manage themselves responsibly with this second amendment privilege (even though I disagree with the Supreme Court's Heller decision and its interpretation allowing widespread gun ownership).

    So sick of these multiple shootings every single day! Enough is enough.

  • Atheistinafoxhole Jul 9, 2014

    If the gun wasn't stolen, as the article indicates, some adult should be locked up.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 9, 2014

    Oh geez!!! Still, what a blessing the injured child will survive.