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Police: Child shot in leg at Apex home

Posted March 14, 2013

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— A 4-year-old boy was shot in the lower leg Thursday afternoon at a home on Scott's Ridge Trail in Apex, police said.

According to officers, the boy and his brother were playing near a car that had a weapon stored in the glove compartment. After the boys gained access to the gun, it accidentally discharged, police said. 

The boy was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The owner of the car was taken into custody, but it wasn't clear if the man would be charged. Police said the man was a family friend who had come to the home to pick up the boys. 

No other information was immediately released. 

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  • HBKimmie Mar 14, 2013

    PEOPLE MUST EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON GUN SAFETY NOW! Everyone is getting a gun and not everyone has a brain to handle it safely. Protect yourself and your children through
    education, it's the only way.

  • tiffanyruth Mar 14, 2013

    I knew it was someone who had a gun. If you have a gun on you or left in your car - how about locking up the darn car!! Not only to protect curious little kids, but to protect it from being stolen and used to murder someone in a violent crime. It is these gun owners that are ruining it for responsible gun owners who make sure their guns can never be touched by a child. I hope the car owner gets in alot of trouble for having a loaded weapon not locked down in a safe place. Just because the 2nd Amendment gives you the right to own a gun, doesn't mean you are smart or responsible enough to own one. I am sick and tired of these type of people making the rest of us look irresponsible and gives the gun control advocates more fuel for the fire!

  • Jack Flash Mar 14, 2013

    "My kitchen has a knife rack with no lock, no safe around it, at counter level where any child could potentially reach them. My utensils drawer has knives and SPOONS that anyone in my home could access. I'd wager they are in a far more dangerous position then my firearms. I like the comparison though as they are both tools and should be used with care & respect. Neglect, improper handling, and a lack of respect are responsible for this accident."

    I'm not the one who made the initial comparison. If it is nothing more than a matter of human neglect, why not store guns in an unlocked drawer where a child could reach them? I mean, guns, knives, and scissors are all just tools, right? I mean, if there isn't any difference, why not store them in the same way?

    The answer, of course, is that those gun nuts (a subset of gun owners) who would claim those are all just tools for different jobs and that the only thing that matters is human choice are full of it and they know it.

  • HBKimmie Mar 14, 2013

    These children are not to blame! The young man carrying a loaded gun and leaving it unattended is! I am sure the kids were excited to go with this family friend and just climbed in the car as they were packing up to leve. Who ever said these kids are out rummaging through other peoples property must be naive to how lil' curious and excited children can be. IT IS a bad situation, but all these posts about what should happen and what you all would do is just stupid- Unless you know the family.... Don't judge the parents as we never really know what other people have on them or with them. As a parent we do our best to protect our children and I am sure these parents thought this friend was "safe"!

  • apexwhimsy Mar 14, 2013

    Stop comparing guns to cars. Stop comparing guns to steak knives or prescriptions or water or anything. THEY ARE GUNS. There are plenty of dumb ways to die...but when there is an object that is specifically designed to hurt/kill, even in defense situations, there has to be control. No one is saying they are going to take your guns away for personal protection. Educating yourselves with actual facts instead of what you see posted on facebook is what needs to happen.

  • Relic Mar 14, 2013

    State law makes it a misdemeanor to fail to secure a weapon and a minor gets it and does something like wounding another child. If this person was there to "pick them up" and the gun was not locked, it's a serious misdemeanor, forfeit of the weapon and loss of a CCW, if they had one. I am a lifetime gun owner and gun rights supporter. Argue all you want but you NEVER put a weapon anywhere that a kid can get to it. End of issue. Keep it on you or lock it up. Period.

  • Scubagirl Mar 14, 2013

    "Sounds like these kids need some back side disipline."

    My first thought as well. Sorry the boy got shot but it seems that they have no respect for other's property or they would not have been rummaging around in the car and glove box while the owner not around. Perhaps he should have had the glove box locked but that is the only infraction he had, if that.

  • Thought Criminal WS Mar 14, 2013

    "Just curious: Where do you keep these knives, scissors, and razors that are equally as dangerous as guns?"

    My kitchen has a knife rack with no lock, no safe around it, at counter level where any child could potentially reach them. My utensils drawer has knives and SPOONS that anyone in my home could access. I'd wager they are in a far more dangerous position then my firearms. I like the comparison though as they are both tools and should be used with care & respect. Neglect, improper handling, and a lack of respect are responsible for this accident.

    I agree with Quagmire, class 1 misdemeanor. If I were the parents of the child injured, I'd probably be giving the individual who contributed to the child obtaining it a whooping more severe than any punishment the law could dictate.

  • miketroll3572 Mar 14, 2013

    Sounds like these kids need some back side disipline.

  • mep Mar 14, 2013

    Quagmire... you have listed just a few of the many regulatory laws regarding guns already on the books here in NC..... sadly they are very often overlooked, and even when prosecuted by the DA.... the sentences are reduced.

    My bet is, the owner of this gun will not face any serious penalties.... reduced for certain.

    Just another example of why we dont need more gun laws... we need the ones we already have strictly enforced.

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