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Hoke man shoots self in head with crossbow

Posted April 4, 2013

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— A Hoke County man was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment Thursday morning after firing an arrow at his head with a crossbow, authorities said.

The man's mother called for help after going to his camper on St. Pauls Road to wake him and finding the arrow lodged in his skull, authorities said. The stabilizing feathers apparently prevented the arrow from going completely through, they said.

The man told deputies that he suffers from mental illness and that the wound was self-inflicted, authorities said.

No information on his condition was released, although deputies said he was conscious and alert.

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  • Sherlock Apr 5, 2013

    We need a ban on these types of weapons, they kill to many young people....No background done right.

  • michaelwralcom Apr 4, 2013

    Take away all the guns AND crossbows.

  • dewpac1 Apr 4, 2013

    I guess he got the point!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Apr 4, 2013

    He is mentally ill and has access to a crossbow. That jsut screams negligence on somebody's part. Mr. Middle of the Road

    Unless institutionalized, slang for medical imprisonment, the mentally ill usually has access to pretty much the same stuff the rest of the folks have. Kitchen knives, hunting weapons, car keys, household cleaning poisons, and a wide variety of other things they can somehow make the news with.
    NCHighlander

    I understand that, and kitchen knives, household cleaners, etc. I can appreciate are hard to keep out of their reach. But I think it common sense that effort should be made to see that they have no access to crossbows, hunting rifles, hand grenades etc.

  • Glock Ranger Apr 4, 2013

    I guess it's been a while since you, rmsmith, read N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403. The permit requirement, in 14-402, to purchase a crossbow was repealed in the 2011 session of the Legislature. Therefore, the permit model in 14-403 does not exist since that requirement is only for the weapons described in 14-402, being a pistol.

  • avidreader Apr 4, 2013

    Seems like a good reason to keep Dix Hill open and not make it into a destination park.

  • rmsmith Apr 4, 2013

    Laws don't stop a thing.......

    Requirements for legally purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina, reference state statutes N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403.

    State law requires that anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff's office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit.

  • NCHighlander Apr 4, 2013

    He is mentally ill and has access to a crossbow. That jsut screams negligence on somebody's part. Mr. Middle of the Road

    Unless institutionalized, slang for medical imprisonment, the mentally ill usually has access to pretty much the same stuff the rest of the folks have. Kitchen knives, hunting weapons, car keys, household cleaning poisons, and a wide variety of other things they can somehow make the news with.

  • clinton28328 Apr 4, 2013

    very sad

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 4, 2013

    Crazy. This is why the mentally ill should not have access to weapons of any nature. What family member would allow a person who is unstable access to weapons? Shame on them!

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