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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says a Wilmington man shot his three-year-old stepson yesterday while trying to put a safety lock on a rifle. It happened at a home on Yulan Drive.

Investigators say the small-caliber bullet hit the boy in the leg around 4:15 p.m.

No charges have been filed. Deputies are still investigating.

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  • Mr.T

    Lets see a loaded gun with the safety off in a room with a three year old. Isn’t there a charge for just plain stupid?

  • GuestVader

    Obviously this idiot did not:
    1. Unload the weapon
    2. Keep anyone away from the muzzle of the weapon while it was being worked on.
    3. Failed to point the weapon up or in a safe driection while working on it.

    Lord help us, as they walk among us and unfortunately multiply.

  • Charles Walters

    Does this guy not know the first thing you do when you pick up a weapon you make sure it is clear. This is firearms safety 101. There was no excuse for this little boy getting shot. I hope he gets well fast!!!!

  • sandy

    Really? We wants guys like this to have access to guns. One who can’t even put a safety on without shooting someone? This is insane!!!!!

  • Guesttenheimer

    There is simply no excuse for this sort of incident other than total ignorance and stupidity. While I doubt he had any intentions for this to happen, this Einstein needs to go under strict observation for the well-being of his OWN safety, much less those that may be in his direct vicinity! This guy would be dangerous with a pair of kindergarden safety scizzors…Geeeez!

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