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Two-year-old dies after accidentally shooting herself inside Fayetteville home

Posted October 19, 2013
Updated October 20, 2013

— A 2-year-old girl died Saturday afternoon after she found a loaded handgun and accidentally shot herself, Fayetteville police said. 

Officers responding to the home in the 2600 block of Graham Road found the girl at about 12:30 p.m. She was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she later died.

Fayetteville police have not released her name. 

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Byron Brown lives next door in the duplex where the shooting happened. 

"She would always come to to the fence line and play with my dog. Every time they walked by, she would stop by and speak to us and everything," he said. 

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department's Homicide Unit were at the home Saturday afternoon investigating the incident. 

According to police, the girl was home with her aunt and grandmother at the time of the shooting. No one else inside the home was injured. 

"There are so many unanswered questions right now running through my mind. You know, to lose a 2-year-old, to lose anybody, but to lose a 2-year-old baby who hasn't even lived yet. This is horrific," Brown said. 

"She meant the world to them. They took care of her. They loved her and everything, and for something like this to happen – it's devastating," he added. 

According to police, no charges have been filed and there have been no arrests. The investigation is ongoing. 

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  • Alert5 Oct 21, 10:56 a.m.

    simonfishing

    Let's parse your statement:
    1) The problem is the law allowing almost unlimited ownership of tools which sole purpose is to kill people. You forgot that the LAW is allowing innocent people toown a gun. Part of or 2nd amendment under the Constitution.

    2) Those innocent people as mention above have the right to defend themselves against those who "illegally" obtain firearms for the commission of a crime.

    3) If you chect recent state crime stats, the states that have violent crimes trending lower have adopted conceal carry laws.

    4) Your statement about comparing countries with high gun ownership and gun death rates is comparing apples and oranges.

  • Poupmouse Oct 21, 10:52 a.m.

    He is a convicted felon. It was completely illegal for him to possess the weapon. Yet he did. Law did not stop a criminal from breaking the law. It's what they do.

    Your argument is completely invalid in this case, as countless others. I don't think it'll keep you and others from using it, though.

    "Of course you can't blame inanimate object. The problem is the law allowing almost unlimited ownership of tools which sole purpose is to kill people. It is not coincident that we, United States, have the highest gun ownership rate and the highest gun death rate." Simonfishing

  • joshua8255 Oct 21, 10:45 a.m.

    There should and most likely will be charges filed against the parents. It is sickening that for one a 2 yr old was left unattended. And two that a LOADED firearm was also left unattended within the reach of a 2 yr old. How hard is it really to put a weapon out of the reach of a 2 yr old? There is no excuse for these 100% avoidable tragedies. I feel so sorry for the baby that lost his/her life. I feel no sympathy for the pathetic,irresponsible excuse for parents that allowed this to happen.

  • simonfishing Oct 21, 10:36 a.m.

    Of course you can't blame inanimate object. The problem is the law allowing almost unlimited ownership of tools which sole purpose is to kill people. It is not coincident that we, United States, have the highest gun ownership rate and the highest gun death rate.

  • stormy2 Oct 21, 10:27 a.m.

    In 2003, there were a total of 42,643 traffic fatalities in the United States. The 0-14 age group accounted for 5 percent (2,136) of those traffic fatalities . In addition, children under 15 years old accounted for 4 percent (1,591) of all vehicle occupant fatalities , 9 percent (253,000) of all the
    people injured in motor vehicle crashes, and 8 percent (220,000) of all the vehicle occupants injured
    in crashes.

  • mikereiche Oct 21, 10:25 a.m.

    @Kidding - you are correct - 62 children under the age of 14 accidentally killed by firearms is not a problem. Not to mention the 81 suicides and 208 murders in the same group.

  • Alert5 Oct 21, 10:23 a.m.

    Just to get additional clarification. I understand that one of the charges in this story is that Melvin Andre Clark Jr., 19,the childs father was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • shortcake53 Oct 21, 10:13 a.m.

    Other people in that house had to know it was illegal for him to own a gun. Someone should have stepped up and gotten rid of it. I am not against gun ownership, just against people who are banned from ownership having it. This was obviously a person not mature enough or responsible enough to own a gun. RIP little girl.

  • Poupmouse Oct 21, 10:04 a.m.

    Of course someone uses this as an opportunity to blame an inanimate object. It is 100% the fault of the gun owner's negligence. Same as leaving out a glass of bleach on the kitchen table except noone would make bleach illegal as a result of an entirely preventable tragedy.

  • YouHaveGotToBeKidding Oct 21, 9:57 a.m.

    "More than 1,500 kids under the age of 18 are killed in accidental shootings each year" - mac240

    Let's try a few facts shall we:

    • Between 1999 and 2010, 364,483 people were killed by gun violence in the United States.

    • 4,818 were children under age 14, and of those, 791 were unintentional.

    • The average is about 72 child gun deaths each year.

    • In 2010, there were 606 accidental shooting deaths reported in the U.S. Of those, 62 deaths were of children age 14 and younger.

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System

    I'm no math whiz but if there were 606 deaths in 2010 and 62 were 14 or younger there can not be 1,438 deaths among 15 to 18 year olds.

    Not discounting the seriousness but your lack of facts minimizes your argument.

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