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Suspect says Durham baby shot accidentally

Posted February 24, 2014

Arin Tavon Futrell

— A Durham man charged with wounding a baby last week says the shooting was an accident.

Arin Tavon Futrell, 21, is charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in bodily injury in connection with the Wednesday morning incident.

The shooting occurred on the front porch of 402 Macon St. Neighbors said Futrell was arguing with his girlfriend, Marilyn Peace, before he fired a shot.

The bullet hit Peace's 5-month-old daughter, Jay, in the hand and leg. Police said the wounds weren't life-threatening.

Police initially said the shooting was part of a domestic dispute, but they later backed off that assertion, saying it was an accident.

Futrell has told investigators that the gun was in a pocket of his sweatshirt and accidentally went off.


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  • Viewer Feb 25, 2014

    The gun may have been in his sweatshirt but his finger no doubt was on the trigger. Does he have a concealed carry permit allowing him to hide a gun on his person?

  • 678devilish Feb 24, 2014

    He will be thinking about the "accident" while he is locked up in prison. He is not going to walk free if that is what he is thinking. That is not going to happen.

  • 678devilish Feb 24, 2014

    I just bet this young man did not even have a license to have a loaded gun. Every day we still see stories like this one, and yet many still don't believe we need a better gun control law. One day it could be your love one. We do need a better gun control law.

  • 678devilish Feb 24, 2014

    Accident? No. He saw the mother holding this baby and choose to shoot in that direction of the mother holding the baby. I pray the judge put him away for a long time. I pray that the baby is doing good each day.

  • Wiser_now Feb 24, 2014

    Yeah- accident. That's what they all say. If he was a responsible gun owner, a loaded gun would not have been in his sweatshirt - or at least it would have had the safety on.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 24, 2014
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    hmmmmm What is he doing w/ a gun in his sweatshirt in the first place?????