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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Police are investigating the accidental shooting of an 8-year-old girl in Fayetteville Friday.

Police told WTVD it happened at her grandparents' house in the 4000 block of Calver Court around 4:15 p.m.

Police say the young girl and other family members were visiting her grandfather's home when investigators say the girl wandered into a master bedroom, and found a revolver in a nightstand drawer.

They said while she was holding the handgun it discharged. The bullet struck her in the calf. Police say it was a through and through wound.

"It's very fortunate this child is going to recover, but it is possible the grandfather could face charges," said Fayetteville Lt. Todd Joyce. "No one set out with the intent for something like this to happen, so it is paramount that you store your firearm in a safe location in a manner to where a child could not access it."

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6 comments

  • FaithC

    Once again…come on people let’s have responsible gun ownership. A nightstand is not an acceptable place when kids are in the home.
    When the kids leave, fine put the gun in the nightstand, but when they are around the gun needs to be out of reach.

  • JDee

    She’s old enough to know better. Everything can’t be blamed on the owner, after all, the kid didn’t live there. Although, my parents ensured we knew what guns were I also remember already knowing that they weren’t a toy and I was probably only 5 or 6.

  • sueC

    She’s 8 yrs. old! What is she doing being in the master bedroom ? going through drawers? Don’t bring her to my house. What parenting ? what are you raising. AT 8yrs she should know what guns are dangerous.

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  • AshD

    It’s a shame to see all of the victim blaming comments!! Even at 8 years old she is still a child and need to be taught right from wrong. It sounds like an all around unfortunate accident. It is very possible the grandfather forgot the gun was there. I do agree he should have been more vigilant but come on now blaming a little kids and saying “she should have known better”, whatever, she’s still a kid and let’s face it, sometimes children use poor judgement!!

  • JT

    There’s more of that “responsible gun ownership” we’re always hearing about…And you must be new here, AshD. Here, we hate the poor (even though we are one of them), routinely say racist things, lack any form of logic or reason, and love guns to the point we blame kids when they shoot themselves/someone else. Welcome to ‘Murika!

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