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Wilson child killed in accidental shooting

Posted April 17, 2011

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— A 3-year-old Wilson boy accidentally shot and killed himself Saturday, authorities said Sunday.

The shooting occurred at about 11 a.m. at 1308 Rountree St.

Wilson County deputy Marcus Ruffin is the boy's legal guardian, authorities said, but Ruffin's county-issued weapon wasn't used.

Authorities said the preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting was accidental, but Wilson police were investigating the incident.

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  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 2011

    Any individual who resides with a minor, who owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or

    leaves that firearm in a condition that the firearm can be discharged, and in a manner that the

    individual knew, or should have known, that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain

    access to the firearm, is guilty of a misdemeanor if such minor gains access to the firearm

    without the lawful permission of the minor's parents or a person having charge of the minor,

    and the minor in turn possesses that weapon unlawfully on any campus or educational property

    in North Carolina; exhibits the weapon in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening

    manner; causes personal injury or death with the weapon not in self defense; or uses the weapon

    in the commission of a crime. A minor is defined in this law as anyone under the age of 18 who

    is not emancipated.

    And the legal guardian was a deputy? So sad, my prayer's go out to this little fella's family. RIP little one!

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Apr 18, 2011

    Very sad sad story... My heart & prayers go out to everyone who loved & knew this child. Accidents can, will and DO happen. I hate to hear of a child losing his life this way.

  • GoGreen Apr 18, 2011

    Tornados? The gun lobby is blaming this on Tornados? Holy smokes Batman, a tornado made a gun available to a 3-yo who then shot himself. Way to obfuscate the issue.

    Truth is, guns are way too available and Americans are way too careless with guns.

  • Heavensent Apr 18, 2011

    I read on rockymount telegram that the weapons used to kill the child was the officer's personal weapon and not his service weapon.

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 18, 2011

    I think I'd like to hear more details on this story before jumping to conclusions and bashing this deputy of "criminal negligence". Not condoning or even siding... just not assuming and taking many other factors such as a toddlers curiousity and ability to get into many things they shouldn't and sometimes those we wouldn't expect.

  • murphyebony01 Apr 18, 2011

    I KNEW THE OFFICER OF THE CHILD AND SEEN THE LIL BOY A COUPLE OF TIMES, I NO THE FAMILY IS GOIN THROUGH SO MUCH PAIN N HURT, BUT WERE WAZ THE PARENTS WEN THR CHILD HAD THE GUN, HE WAS ONLY 3YR OLD SO Y WASNT ANY1 WATCH HIM? BUT ONLY GOD NO`S!!!

  • dwr1964 Apr 18, 2011

    By law a minor child cannot have open access to a loaded weapon. For a 3 year old to get hold of it, this must have been the most open access ever.

  • nomorethanthat Apr 18, 2011

    True an unloaded gun is a brick, but how many people store weapons in a gun safe that are loaded?

  • nomorethanthat Apr 18, 2011

    Gun safes picked up by a tornado probably shattered open when they hit the ground making their contents available to all.

  • usmilewme2 Apr 18, 2011

    Consider this question. How many weapons are now to be found in the wreckage left in the wake of a tornado and of those, how many are loaded?

    THIS IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION, BUT AS YOU ALL KNOW A UNLOAD GUN IS LIKE A BRICK, ALL YOU CAN DO IS THROW IT...IT'S ONE OF THOSE DARN IF YOU DO, DARN IF YOU DON'T...

    AS FOR THE 3YR , THIS IS A VERY SAD SAD THING....

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