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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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5 Comments on "NHSO: Stepdad shoots 3-year-old while putting safety on rifle"

2015 years 10 months ago

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!

2015 years 10 months ago

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?

2015 years 10 months ago

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
2015 years 10 months ago

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!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

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!!!!!


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