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13-Year-Old Shot in Sanford Home

Posted March 1, 2008
Updated March 2, 2008

— A Saturday afternoon turned violent for teenaged cousins when they managed to get hold of a gun, and one boy was shot in the head.

Police said two 13-year-old boys were inside a house at 630 N. Steele St. playing video games. The cousins somehow came into contact with a gun, and it went off at about 4 p.m., police said. One of the boys was shot in the forehead.

The victim's father and the other boy's stepfather were in the back yard when the shooting happened.

Police said when they arrived the victim was unresponsive.

“You do your job the best you can, yet you try to console the parents there too,” Capt. David Smith, with the Sanford Police Department, said.

The victim was transported by helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Police said the boy was from the Sanford area but did not release his name and condition.

The other 13-year-old lived at the house where the shooting occurred.

Police spent around six hours at the house investigating Saturday evening.

Using what looked to be a metal detector, officers combed through a wooded area in the backyard. Police would not say exactly what they were looking for.

No charges were filed in the incident.


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  • sunflowerbubbles Mar 3, 2008

    Sad, another untaught child, and irresponsible parent/gun owner. I pray for both families and hope some day this world will realize how important it is to put away guns safely and teach kids till they are blue in the face about gun safety...as some gun owners need as well...I pray this injured child recovers!

  • saltygirl2 Mar 3, 2008

    Parents, lock your darn guns, it's not hard!

  • 71RT Mar 3, 2008

    The gun should have been locked up since more than likely the children had not been taught firearms safety, because had they been, this tragedy probably would have not happened. That being said, I was raised in a home where guns were out in the open on racks and not locked up. Our family was a hunting family, and we were taught gun safety at a very young age. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  • haggis basher Mar 3, 2008

    We don't need no stinking gun laws........yeah right.

  • goodgod Mar 3, 2008

    Guns don't "go off". One of those boys pointed it at the other's head and pulled the trigger.

  • Meandmytwo Mar 3, 2008

    Such a sad case. My heart goes out to both families and they are in my prayers.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 3, 2008

    The person owning the gun should be charge. There was a loaded gun in the house and a young man was seriously hurt. This is why you don't have loaded guns laying around your home. Young boy get curious and not know how to handle a gun, the safety issues; then the next thing they hear is "pop" "pop. I have said it many times PARENTS LOCK YOUR GUNS UP. "NEW" - TAKE BULLETS OUT OF GUN- STORE BULLETS IN A SEPARATE AREA OF HOME. PLEASE FOR YOUR OWN SANITY - LOCK UP THOSE GUNS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE FOR YOU. TRAGEDY CAN HAPPEN ANYTIME. DO IT TODAY, PEOPLE. NO LOADED GUNS LAYING AROUND MY HOME.

  • Scubagirl Mar 3, 2008

    "No charges were filed in the incident."
    bet it won't be long till they are.