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Shooting death of Wilson teen ruled accidental

Posted June 30, 2008

— Investigators ruled that the shooting of a 13-year-old boy who died from his injuries was accidental.

Officers found Devonta Maykell Carpenter at his grandmother's house at 1106 Churchill Ave. around 4:50 p.m. Saturday. Carpenter had been shot in the chest and was transported to Wilson Medical Center, where he died.

Carpenter, who recently completed the fifth grade at Daniels Learning Center, was injured when he mishandled a firearm, investigators said Monday.

Investigators will meet with the Wilson County District Attorney's Office to determine if any charges should be filed. That follows standard procedure for any death investigation.


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  • bluewind Jun 30, 2008

    Daniel's Learning Center is a school in Wilson for children who have serious issues. At 13 yrs. old, this child has probably had more problems than I have had at 50. My heart goes out to him, and his obviously troubled life...

  • Realamerican71 Jun 30, 2008


    I don't keep all of them unaccessable. There is a handgun in a fast action gunsafe and a 12 ga pump that is secure but can be accessed about as quick.

  • lizard Jun 30, 2008

    I keep mine out in the open so I and my wife or child can get to it fast for self-defense. Judge Scalia said it's OK. That storage law is unconstitutional. You can't require triggerlocks or dismantlement in a citizen's home.

  • Realamerican71 Jun 30, 2008

    13 years old in the 5th grade? That's the normal age for 8th grade is'nt it? Seriously though, there is a "safe storage of firearms law". I keep mine locked up to prevent such things from happening.

  • fenderbassplayer1980 Jun 30, 2008

    What was a 13yr old doing in 5th grade?

  • Just the facts mam Jun 30, 2008

    What was a 13 year old boy doing with a gun?

  • illegals--GO HOME Jun 30, 2008

    They should charge someone with a violation of the safe storage of firearms law if he was in someone's house and they did not have the firearm locked up. If,however, he got the gun by some other means then that is a different story.