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Officials: Pinecrest student had sawed-off shotgun in trunk

Posted May 5, 2014
Updated May 6, 2014

— A Pinecrest High School student was arrested Monday on charges of bringing a gun on school property, a Moore County Schools spokesman said.

Dautavius Dalvonte Kearns, 18, of 197 Pickler Road in Aberdeen, faces charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction (a charge often used when the accused has a shotgun) and felony possession of a gun on educational property.

The gun was found in Kearns' trunk and was never brought into the school building.  

"Such actions will not be tolerated in Moore County Schools, and both disciplinary and legal action will be taken in any such instance," schools' spokesman Tim Lussier told The Pilot. "As always, the safety of our students is our foremost priority."

Kearns was released late Monday after posting a $10,000 secured bond.


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  • jackaroe123 May 6, 2014

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    Saying "the race card" has become a card in and of itself. Just a couple comments below yours was this little gem: "I don't think Dautavius was deer hunting this weekend with a sawed-off shotgun." There's no reason to mention this young man by first name other than to draw attention to how ethnic it sounds w/o saying so directly.

    Individuals may vary, and by all means defend yourself if you're personally accused, but I don't think it's a stretch whatsoever that the young man in JoCo last year had a lot of public support b/c he was a clean-cut, White Eagle Scout. It turns out he was lying about a lot of the details, but many of us were willing to believe him. How many of us extended the benefit of the doubt to Dautavius Dalvonte Kearns? Keep in mind that at the time of the post you quoted, the type of gun had not yet been added to the story.

  • btneast May 6, 2014

    A shot fired "cross-court" in a gym would take out an entire section of people on the other side. No, not an entire section. Several folks would get hit. There's only so many pellets in a shell....the bigger the pellet, the fewer there are in a shell. 00 buckshot in 12 gauge has 9 pellets. Also, the shorter barrel makes them very short range guns. The muzzle velocity is low due to shorter barrel. They are pretty worthless at more than 10-20 yards...still a dangerous weapon, but at very close range

  • btneast May 6, 2014

    [bHunting? A "country boy with a rifle"? Can you people read? It's a sawed-off shotgun! The police classify them as Weapons of Mass Destruction.][/b]The initial story did not identify the type of gun. The story was updated after some of these posts were added to say it was a shotgun

  • rickandlinda88 May 6, 2014

    how did authorities find out the weapon was there??was he talking/bragging about it.or did someone over hear and tell on him??was it loaded??was it locked in the trunk??maybe he just wanted protection???.ha!!ha!!

  • Obamacare returns again May 6, 2014

    Has Liberty University called the young man yet offering him a scholarship?

  • LetsBeFair May 6, 2014

    the only think you can hunt with a sawed off shot gun is a branch bank.

  • LetsBeFair May 6, 2014

    he was the coolest, toughest kid, right up until his gat was found. ... now he's finished.

  • carrboroyouth May 6, 2014

    A sawed off shotgun is sawed off to do one thing: increase shot spread. It's intent is to cause mass casualties (read: mass destruction). It cannot be used for hunting. Sawed-off shotguns have been illegal for years, and for good reason too.

  • Obamacare returns again May 6, 2014

    Looks like this young man was going to graduate with honors, and by honors I mean armed robbery. Why elese would someone keep a sawed off shotgun?

  • iknowjack May 6, 2014

    Hunting? A "country boy with a rifle"? Can you people read? It's a sawed-off shotgun! The police classify them as Weapons of Mass Destruction.