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Sheriff: Vance County man shot to death by grandson, 11

Posted July 7, 2014
Updated April 27, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: A court determined that, although the child fired the shot that killed his grandfather, "there is no question that (he) was not the aggressor at all in this incident." All charges against him were dismissed in April 2016.

Vance County sheriff’s investigators said a family argument that turned deadly Monday night began when an 84-year-old man shot and wounded his 49-year-old son. The elderly man was then shot to death by his 11-year-old grandson, deputies said.

Deputies were called to a home at 430 Cricket Creek Lane in Kittrell about 7 p.m. They discovered the homeowner, 84-year-old Lloyd Woodlief, had been shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun. He died a short time later.

Deputies also found the man's son, Lloyd Peyton Woodlief, 49, of Henderson, had been shot with a .22-caliber long pistol. He was taken to Duke Medical Center.

Deputies later determined the elder Woodlief was shot by his grandson.


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  • Sara Hauser Jul 16, 2014
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    I know someone who is aware of what happened-the father directed the 11 yr old to shoot the grandfather if he started shooting. The father went in with the intent of violence.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 11, 2014

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    Are you a Constitutional follower?...who doesn't like the gubmint telling you what to do? Really?...because you seem to have no, zero, nada problemo doing exactly these things to others. (e.g. NC Amendment to ban same sex marriage) So, why are you bringing up these issues...which you clearly don't value?

    Meanwhile, 90% of Americans want to prohibit known violent criminals and severely mentally ill people from buying guns, yet people like you are stopping this. And, we *know*, by looking at countries other than our own (shocking idea, right?), that implementing some restrictions on guns, reduces violent crime many times over.

  • richardsonr6 Jul 11, 2014

    Couldn't have said it better myself.. do not understand how people can not put two and two together and see that is adds up to no way around it.. guns being readily available make tragedies happen like this way too easy.. keep on kepping your head in the sand on this issue ....
    I have to disagree. Had there been no guns in the home, there would have been a fist fight, perhaps a stabbing, but the adrenalin would have subsided and perhaps no one would be dead. Guns are just too easy and quick, causing deaths that can't be undone
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  • notexactly Jul 10, 2014

    Lets see here>>>>
    Gun haters say ban guns cause peoples die because of them? 8K + per year
    In the US 10k + die to drunk driving a year ( more than gun deaths)
    36k+ die in prescription drug overdose ( more than gun deaths)
    40K die from car crashes. ( more than gun deaths)

    So what do we do about all these deaths? Do we outlaw drinking, cars, prescription drugs, any form of alcohol ( which didn't work when we did this the first time)? Where is the out cry about these deaths? All unfortunate, but with 315 million people in the US, what do you want to do? All these folks comparing the US to other countries with a fraction of the population is misleading at best. What do you guys propose to do about these deaths? Just a thought.

  • notexactly Jul 10, 2014

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    Amen to that!!

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jul 10, 2014
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    sounds to me like the 11 year old was protecting his father and acting in self-defense. Why would he be charged?!

  • krissy24 Jul 10, 2014

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    Exactly! Amen to that!!!

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 10, 2014


    Why not? Target shooting and hunting can be enjoyed by kids less than 18. Safety and supervision is the key. And what's wrong with a BB gun?

    "Where was his parents in all of this? " - 678devilish

    Uh, one of them was being shot by the grandfather, hence the reason the kid shot his grandfather.

    "Please come and take it. Please" - Minarchist

    You've said this more than once. What does it mean?

    "Your speculation to support the myth of guns protecting people has no basis." - seankelly15

    Guns protecting people is no myth. Countless people, police, and soldiers have protected themselves with firearms.

  • notexactly Jul 10, 2014

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    That is a good one!!!!!! See that is the problem with the lefts way of thinking. They only see what they want to. Its like the glass half full thing. Oh and if you don't agree with them, you are a racists.

  • notexactly Jul 10, 2014

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    The same reason we keep seeing drunk driving, gang bangers, drug addiction, burglary, rape, drug dealers, crack heads, pot heads, the list goes on. How many people die each year from these? Do we outlaw liquor or beer? ( didn't work) do we outlaw cars, drugs are already outlawed, How do you think you will stop a criminal and their actions. You can have all the laws in the world, bad people do bad things, no matter what. I do think the gun laws need to be strengthened no doubt, but not banning guns.