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Woman killed in accidental Broadway shooting

Posted June 6, 2012

— A woman died Wednesday morning after an accidental shooting in a Harnett County home outside Broadway, authorities said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. at 80 Pine Hollow Drive, off U.S. Highway 421.

Investigators said Adrian Nicole Fitts, 23, was dead when deputies arrived.

Fitts lived in the home with her fiancé and three children, ages 5, 4 and 8 months, said her brother-in-law Anthony Spruiell. He called Fitts an "awesome mom."

Spruiell said someone was cleaning a gun when it somehow fell and discharged, striking Fitts in the head. She was with her fiancé and another adult when the shooting happened.

Investigators were trying to obtain a search warrant Wednesday afternoon so they could go inside the home and collect evidence.

No other information was released.


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  • randileslie Jun 12, 2012

    Well said colie4428.. My boyfriend and I knew them also and they had a very loving relationship..Todd would have never harmed her, they had a true love.. She is going to be missed so much I pray for her, todd, and the babies everyday.

  • colie4428 Jun 8, 2012

    This is very sad!! And I know this family and her fiancee loved her very much and I know that he would never have hurt her on purpose!! If her family is not mad at him no one else should be he lost her too and her children lost their mother they should not have to lose their father too!!! She was a sweet girl and will be missed dearly!!

  • Dewey29 Jun 7, 2012

    KnoxOverstreet III It's real easy to blame a gun for killing someone but I've never seen a gun that can shoot it's self. So I guess next you'll blame the car that kills a family nevermind the drunk that was driveing that car. If the car wasn't sitting around the drunk couldn't have drove. People give guns a bad name but at the same time their the same ones crying when the get robbed,raped,or have a family member get killed because they couldn't protect themself from the trash of society. So before you trash guns put a little simple thought into the statements your makeing. People want to get ride of guns and let the crimenial walk makes a lot of sence to me take the guns away from the workingman so the trash can come and take the stuff we work hard for. Some people are real smart until the open their mouth. Good day and God bless.

  • hckyplyr72 Jun 7, 2012

    This is so sad...condolences to the family...yet so avoidable!!! You NEVER clean a loaded gun. It is basic gun safety. For those who say its because there was a gun in the home you are as ignorant as the person who accidently let it go off. How tragic!

  • ctnorris2011 Jun 7, 2012

    Anyone else notice this: "Spruiell said someone was cleaning a gun when it somehow fell and discharged" why would the gun have been loaded if it was being cleaned. Anyone who has been around guns any length of time and has any common sense knows that you only clean a gun once it has been unloaded. This story sounds very fishy to me, there has to be more to this girl's death.

  • fishon Jun 7, 2012

    i have a .22 magnum single-action revolver. the manufacturer recommends leaving it resting on an empty chamber because of the ease of it to discharge if dropped. just sayin'..

    Make and model year? Modern Single Action have a hammer block that prevents a discharge if the gun is dropped. The block moves our of the way when the trigger is pulled so the firing pin can strike the primer.

    Older colt style single actions had a striker pin mounted to the hammer and could definitely fire if dropped on the hammer. That is why the recommendation is to carry the hammer down on an empty chamber.

  • rrrhonda9 Jun 7, 2012

    Why don't people know enough to EMPTY guns before cleaning them? It would be like servicing an electric device without unplugging it!

  • KnoxOverstreet III Jun 7, 2012

    Considering all these comments, it's strange that no one has mentioned that if there wasn't a gun laying around the woman wouldn't have been killed. We'll be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing as Americans are being encouraged to go out and buy great big guns.

  • OneLove Jun 7, 2012

    hmmm - mighty convenient story, eh?

  • NC Tech Jun 7, 2012

    Something is odd to me. I seems police were denied entrance to the home and therefore need a warrent? Or maybe they need for any evidnece collected to not the thrown out due to lack of warrent? For an accidental shooting this looks to be strange. Who cleans a loaded gun? It really is sad for the Children and those who know and loved her..