3-year-old boy shoots 17-month-old baby sister in North Carolina

A 17-month-old North Carolina girl was shot by her 3-year-old brother, according to an investigator with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department. The shooting which deputies say appears to be ‘accidental’ occurred on Thursday morning.

The investigator told Channel 9 the boy shot his sister in the upper body with the father’s .9 millimeter handgun.










The children’s mother alerted 911 around 11:30 a.m. who then drove the child to a local medical center. She was then transported to Levine Children’s Hospital.

The child is expected to survive.

Sheriff’s deputies said they will contact the district attorney to determine if charges should be filed.

Watch courtesy of Channel 9:

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  • not_buying_it

    The right to bear arms, concealed carry, 2nd amendment, etc.
    Didn’t the “wild west” have open carry for guns? Shoot outs and all those quaint customs? Wasn’t the life expectancy of a young male less than 40 years old? Didn’t most of them die of lead poisoning?
    History seems to be repeating itself. I’m guessing the open carry policies of the wild west weren’t too practical. Why else would they have been abolished?

    • Paul Julian Gould

      Actually, no… most towns in the “wild west” had policies that required some sort of control… come into town, drop your weapons off at the sheriff’s office on your way to the saloon… kept things more peaceful, in general…

  • paulmckc

    These kids are probably considered nothing but collateral damage according to the gun lobby!

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    So does this represent what Steve Stockman (R-douchenozzle) meant when he famously said and then had bumper-stickers printed that say: “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted”?
    F’n repubs are killing so many of our citizens every day by poisoning us through deregulation, denying healthcare through blatant lies and obstruction and promoting multiple shootings by being flunkies of the gun crazies. Today’s rightwing is killing us…literally.

    • Charles

      That bumper sticker doesn’t even make sense.

  • hollyh58

    Not securing your gun when children are in the home should be a felony. Those children should be placed in protective custody until the parents complete gun safety courses and pay a huge fine.

  • majii

    There’s no excuse for this to keep happening. That these incidents are called “accidents” is a damn shame. If one owns a gun, it should be secured at all times. Every time a kid finds an adult’s unsecured gun and shoots/kills another kid, prosecuting the parent should not be in question. Prosecuting the adult for negligence at the least should be an automatic action on the part of the court system. This 10 month old has been traumatized and so has her older brother. This could have be prevented by the gun owner securing the gun. If we cover electrical outlets to prevent kids from being electrocuted, it makes even more sense to lock up a gun and put it somewhere where kids can’t gain access to it.

  • Robert J Bartley

    Duh, Ize guts de right to bare alms, De constititutoon sez so.

    • Paul Julian Gould

      Ah, but haz we the right to arm bears?

      uh… wait… wut?

  • juicyfruityyy

    Hold the parents or legal age person responsible. A 3 year old should not have been able to get his hands on the gun. It should have been behind lock and key.

  • Godsons

    The parents should be charged with murder

  • Godsons

    the parents should be charged with murder

  • Amy S.

    The carelessness of not securing a deadly weapon should be a felony and anybody caught doing it should be given a fine and one or two year incarceration without parole.

  • M A G

    If you are so irresponsible with a gun that if someone, anyone, gets his hands on your gun and uses it to injure or kill, intentional or not, then you should be held responsible!

    How many more children need to die?

  • neworleans878

    Exactly. Until gun owners are held criminally liable for acts of gross negligence, these sad occurrences will continue.

    Expect the NRA to fight tooth and nail for the right of gun owners to act recklessly and with wanton disregard for the safety of others.

  • Morgan Sheridan

    It never ends and it’s just getting worse. Clearly there is nothing that touches the souls of the gun-nuts who defend why these kid on kid shootings are so necessary toward protecting the 2nd amendment.