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Child shot during parents' domestic dispute

Posted August 7, 2008
Updated August 8, 2008

— An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot while his parents argued last Saturday, said Lt. P.J. Joyner, with the Nash County Sheriff's Office.

The parents, Bobby and Bonaga Drake, got into a domestic dispute at their home in the 2500 block of West Castalia Road around 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 2, investigators said.

Bonaga Drake grabbed a gun and threatened to kill herself. The threat was likely an attempt to get attention, Joyner said.

Bobby Drake grabbed the gun and said it was not loaded, deputies said. He pointed the gun at the wall and pulled the trigger.

A bullet went through the wall and struck his 11-year-old son, Delaney Drake, who was in another room, Joyner said.

Delaney was taken to Nash General Hospital and then transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Supervisors there said he was discharged earlier this week.

Joyner said the shooting was labeled accidental, because Bobby Drake believed the gun was unloaded.

Deputies arrested and charged Bobby Drake with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in violation of a domestic-violence order and violation of a domestic-violence order.

Bobby Drake was released from jail on Wednesday after meeting a $36,000 bond.

No charges were filed against the boy's mother.


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  • ncwebguy Aug 8, 2008

    Why isn't the WRAL peanut gallery talking about how the 12 year old should have had his own gun and a conceal and carry permit as a "deterrent" to his parent's fighting and shooting?

    Didn't the Supreme Court decide gun ownership is legal to maintain a militia? Obviously the convicted felon has every right to arm himself in case to provide for the common defense. And provide a way for his wife to threaten to kill herself.

    B-b-b-but she could have done that with a knife/baseball bat/whatever, right? None of those would have done any damage to SOMEONE IN THE NEXT ROOM WHEN HANDLED IMPROPERLY.

  • rargos Aug 8, 2008

    "Those who own guns should use better care of it than this guy does"

    This guy is a CONVICTED FELON -- he's not even supposed to have a gun.

  • FragmentFour Aug 8, 2008

    Poor kid - BOTH his parents need to be removed.

  • kitcat718 is a college student Aug 8, 2008

    My prayers go out to the boy. Let's hope, despite his parentage, he grows up with some sense.

  • iamforjustice Aug 7, 2008

    When will you women learn that love don't mean a thing if you don't have trust and understanding and respect. He should have respect for you as well as you respect yourselves. Until you have those things love is no more than what bathroom tissue is used for.

  • iamforjustice Aug 7, 2008

    This scenario is getting more prevalent in our society. If the wife was to shoot the husband then that would make sense. But to kill herself...I say it aint the husband who needs to be locked up it is the wife. She allowed him in from domestic abuse, a firearm belonging to a felon and wanting to kill herself and the heck with her son. Until they find The Lord their child will forever be in danger. I will pray for their souls. They need my help.

  • wjohnson159 Aug 7, 2008

    We, as parents need to be more responsible. When my son was little, I had a gun in the top of my closet. I got rid of it because I didn't want my son to get it. Even though it was in the top of my closet, a child can pull up a chair or anything, so I wasn't taking any chances. I GOT RID OF IT!!!

  • loudnoises Aug 7, 2008

    OK. A felon with a gun. He acquired it somewhere. And in violation of a domestic-abuse (I'm going to assume her) order. But she loves him right? Loves him so much she's willing to take herself out, let alone let him beat her senseless. There's only one word for this: DYSFUNCTIONAL. And they created a child. That child needs some caring family or foster parents as the two he has aren't even smart enough to check to see if the gun is loaded first.

  • teacher-mom Aug 7, 2008

    What if the bullet had been a couple of inches higher? that child would have been dead. I do not own a gun. I do not know what the answer is, but I know guns are dangerous because the people who handle them are not as careful as they need to be. That is one lucky little boy.

  • wralgolo Aug 7, 2008

    Amazing! I feel so bad for the kid. It's bad enough for the kid to have to witness the fight b/w the parents. Getting shot at accidentally is even worse.

    Those who own guns should use better care of it than this guy does.