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Teen Charged With Murder in Father's Shooting Death

Posted October 29, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A Moore County teen has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the accidental shooting death of his father. Deputies say the two were playing with a gun Tuesday night when the teen put the gun to his father's head and pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was unloaded.

Bill Scott and his 17-year-old son Kevin were in their home when the shooting occurred. Deputies say the two were watching television when their conversation turned to guns. They say the teen tried to empty all the bullets from the gun before playfully pointing it at his father. They say the teen pulled the trigger twice. The second time, it fired.

Bill Scott died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Martha Scott, Bill Scott's wife, showed WRAL-TV5'sMark Robertsthe spot in her house where the shooting happened. Family members moved a couch, but otherwise, the room looked essentially the same as it did when the shooting occurred at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday.

She says her son thought he had emptied the gun when he pointed it at her husband, and that what happened was a freak accident.

The victim was a jailer in Moore County. Law enforcement officers say this has been a particularly difficult case to work on, but all agree that it is a tragedy with a message. Chief Deputy Lane Carter says people need to learn to treat every gun as if it were a loaded gun.

The Moore County District Attorney said early Wednesday that Kevin Scott might be charged in his father's death, even though authorities believe the shooting was accidental. Authorities said a lesson must be learned from this tragedy.