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Man Shot After Firing Gun in Residential Neighborhood

Posted February 18, 2008

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— Wake County sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting that witnesses say may have been accidentally self-inflicted.

Brandon Cobb, 20, was shot at about 3:45 p.m. Monday in the back yard of a house on Hidden Hollow Lane near Knightdale.

The house's owner told WRAL that Cobb was visiting her 16-year-old daughter, who was home alone.

The girl said Cobb went into the back yard and fired two shots from a .22-caliber handgun. One shot ricocheted and struck him in the neck, the girl said.

Crime-scene investigators spent hours collecting evidence and searching for clues inside the house and in the back yard.

"It's unsettling. It makes you nervous when you are at work and you come home and see all these police cars and you don't know what to think,” neighbor Sam Clark said.

The victim was transported to WakeMed.  His condition was unknown Monday night.

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  • illegals--GO HOME Feb 19, 2008

    Bullets can bounce off of hard objects and hit the person shooting...has happened many times. Even happens at gun ranges when metal supports are hit or concrete shooting lines etc......stranger things do happen.

    The law will be a local ordinance and those are hard to find on the internet.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 19, 2008

    "Im looking for it, alot of laws to go through so im trying to narrow my search. I have been told this my more than one LEO but watched another that was totaly unaware. When I find it ill post a new blog."

    You might be looking for a while!! It may be a county ordinance somewhere, but I don't think it's state law.

  • grant Feb 19, 2008

    Im looking for it, alot of laws to go through so im trying to narrow my search. I have been told this my more than one LEO but watched another that was totaly unaware. When I find it ill post a new blog.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 19, 2008

    "Yes it is illegal to discharge a fire arm within 150 yds of a home."

    Will you please post the law?

  • Eduardo1 Feb 19, 2008

    I started going out with this gal wen I was 20 and she was 26. We got married a few years later, 3 years late we had our first child then we had 4 more children. It has been 40 years of great marriage. So whats the big deal of 20/16? The vast majority of folks we know have at least a 4 year age difference in the age of the couples. That is because of the fact that there is a big difference in the maturity level between boys and girls. Which does not level of until adulthood

  • grant Feb 19, 2008

    Yes it is illegal to discharge a fire arm within 150 yds of a home. Makes sense too. If your firing it for a legit reason , you should have to show it in court need be.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 19, 2008

    "Elmo- city limits or country, I do believe there is a charge for firing within a certain number of feet of an occupied dwelling....Or else you run into possibly shooting someone who is in the house if you are firing from the backyard!!"

    I've never heard of that charge. Would be nice if someone could post it if it exists. Firing INTO a dwelling, yes. Firing near a dwelling, no.

  • Dido Feb 19, 2008

    A 20 year old guy visits a 16 year old girl while no parents are at home...he decides it's a lovely day to go outdoors and shoot a gun...the bullet somehow ricochets and hits him in the neck...and that's what REALLY happened?

  • iron fist Feb 19, 2008

    As long as you don't fire into a dwelling I don't think it is against the law to fire a weapon in the county. From what I have heard the mother didn't know the 20 male who was in her home. I have a problem believing the bullet ricocheted and hit him in the neck. The bullet wouldn’t ricochet unless he fired into a rock or other impenetrable object. Maybe one of the parents was home or came home unexpectedly. Maybe the daughter fired the gun.

  • wcnc Feb 19, 2008

    Elmo- city limits or country, I do believe there is a charge for firing within a certain number of feet of an occupied dwelling....Or else you run into possibly shooting someone who is in the house if you are firing from the backyard!!

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