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Robeson teen accidentally killed by younger brother

Posted February 15, 2013

— A 16-year-old died Thursday night after a shotgun he and his 14-year-old brother were handling discharged, Robeson County authorities said Friday.

The two brothers, whose names haven't been released, were playing with the gun in their Shannon home shortly before 9:30 p.m. when it went off, striking the older brother in the chest, authorities said.

He was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

It was unclear whether anyone else was at home at the time.

Authorities said the case remains under investigation, and no decision has been made on possible charges.


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  • iknowjack Feb 18, 2013

    I don't know what these kids were taught but having just gotten three teen children into their twenties I can tell you they don't always (and often don't) take an adult's advice on anything, especially where safety is concerned since as we all know they're invincible.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 18, 2013

    Maybe time to pass law that guns must be locked up in homes with minors. Feel sorry for these boys and their parents.

    you ever notice passing more laws doesnt really change anything?

  • Slappy171 Feb 15, 2013

    Feel sorry for the surviving teen. He will be scarred for life from this. Sad any way you look at it.

  • miseem Feb 15, 2013

    Nothing wrong with a younger teen going hunting or shooting with an adult (qualify that with a responsible adult). Part of the training on using weapons is that they are not toys to be played with. Don't point it at anything you don't want to kill. Even if you think it's not loaded. Sort of like don't try to make that 35 MPH curve at 75, especially if you are not in a seat belt.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 15, 2013

    Why are there guns in house and teens have not yet been taught weapon safety either by parents or on a firing range. Sorry but grew up where many teens went hunting for deer for for food .

  • x138GMOU Feb 15, 2013

    Hate to tell you but we already have that law, been around for a while. 14-315.1

  • peace2u Feb 15, 2013

    Maybe time to pass law that guns must be locked up in homes with minors. Feel sorry for these boys and their parents.

  • Scubagirl Feb 15, 2013

    Very sad, but I must blame the parents here for not having the guns where teens can't get them...

    How many kids have to die before folks quit leaving guns easily gotten???.

  • USAF Vet Feb 15, 2013

    So sad...

  • lisa4 Feb 15, 2013

    So sad....prayers for this family.