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No one charged in accidental shooting of Apex boy

Posted March 15, 2013

No one will be charged in the case of a 4-year-old Apex boy who accidentally shot himself after finding a gun, police said Friday.

The boy, who was struck by a bullet in the lower leg, found the loaded gun about 2 p.m. Thursday inside the unlocked glove box of a car parked outside his home on Scott’s Ridge Trail.

Apex police said a family friend had placed the gun in the car and went inside the home to visit with the boy’s mother. The boy and his 3-year-old brother went outside to play and found the gun.

The boy was treated for a non-life-threatening injury at WakeMed.

Apex police said no charges are pending against the friend because state law requires the gun owner and child must live in the same home in order for the gun owner to be charged.

But police said the case serves as a reminder to adults to make sure weapons are out of reach of curious children.

“We would like to take this time to remind all firearm owners to secure their guns in their home or vehicles anytime any minor may possibly come in contact with them,” Capt. Ann Stephens said in a statement. “This is a very sad situation that could have become a tragedy for one family.”
 

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  • happymom Mar 15, 2013

    I'm assuming that all of the folks here who are defending the gun owner on the basis of expecting the gun to be left untouched in his car would just as vehemently assert that a woman who leaves her purse in her unlocked car has every right to expect that purse to remain untouched while she is otherwise occupied.

    The gun owner does have some culpability here. It's not difficult to see that.

  • bubbasu1 Mar 15, 2013

    I am a woman ,I have a loaded S&W 38 in my car,I live alone, no children around and I always lock my vehicle, even when it is in the garage with the garage door down. Just because there are no children around does not mean it is safe to leave the vehicle unlocked. If you are going to own a gun then you must accept the responsibility that goes with ownership.It should not make any difference if the owner does not live at the residence he should be charged and the parent should also be charged, allowing a 4 year old outside unsupervised is not acceptable!

  • Obamacare rises Mar 15, 2013

    All of you seem to be pointing to the friend. This was HIS car. How about teaching your children not to get into a car without an adult present?

    Iron fist-you are right. People are too stupid to realize an unloaded gun will get you killed. What's the purpose in holding one if you have to tell the bad guy..."Wait a minute, I have to load my gun." Also, to all of you people who think gun owners should lose their privleges, keep in mind when you are in trouble you WILL appreciate someone good and armed by your side.
    teddybear199

    How about locking your car and/or glove box? I can understand though, he had other things on his mind.

  • teddybear199 Mar 15, 2013

    All of you seem to be pointing to the friend. This was HIS car. How about teaching your children not to get into a car without an adult present?

    Iron fist-you are right. People are too stupid to realize an unloaded gun will get you killed. What's the purpose in holding one if you have to tell the bad guy..."Wait a minute, I have to load my gun."
    Also, to all of you people who think gun owners should lose their privleges, keep in mind when you are in trouble you WILL appreciate someone good and armed by your side.

  • cphs007 Mar 15, 2013

    Why was the car UNLOCKED with a loaded weapon in it!!!!!!!!!! This person gives those of us that are reponsable gun owners a bad name. Guns aren't stupid, people are!!!! Take HIS gun from him, before someone is more seriously injured!! He has shown he is not reponsable enough to own any type of fire arm!

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 15, 2013

    "He should lose his gun because his friend didn't watch their child?"-no, he should lose his gun because HE left it in a position where it could be accessed and fired while HE wasn't in control of it. Common sense folks, if you aren't near your weapon, store it so that it can't be a danger to others should it fall into the wrong hands.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 15, 2013

    How long would it have taken for the gun owner to simply LOCK the car doors? They KNEW there was a loaded firearm IN the car. They KNEW it was going to be out of their sight for a moment or more. They KNEW there were children around. Simple press of a car lock button would have saved this whole ordeal.

  • my2cents-justsaying Mar 15, 2013

    livinginapex...my thoughts EXACTLY

  • iron fist Mar 15, 2013

    If you own or otherwise handle a gun, you always assume responsibility for it! Unload it & secure it - bottom line!!!

    Wake1
    Unloaded guns will get you hurt or killed.

  • Pretzel Logic Mar 15, 2013

    "Curiosity killed the cat"

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