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Shooting death of Wilson teen ruled accidental

A 13-year-old who died from gunshot wounds mishandled a firearm, investigators said.

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WILSON, N.C. — Investigators ruled that the shooting of a 13-year-old boy who died from his injuries was accidental.

Officers found Devonta Maykell Carpenter at his grandmother's house at 1106 Churchill Ave. around 4:50 p.m. Saturday. Carpenter had been shot in the chest and was transported to Wilson Medical Center, where he died.

Carpenter, who recently completed the fifth grade at Daniels Learning Center, was injured when he mishandled a firearm, investigators said Monday.

Investigators will meet with the Wilson County District Attorney's Office to determine if any charges should be filed. That follows standard procedure for any death investigation.

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