STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — A 6-year-old child in Stokes County was killed after the child got their hands on a gun, according to Sheriff Mike Marshall.
The shooting was reported at 5:54 p.m. at a trailer park on Brookstone Circle.
Marshall said a parent was home with the child at the time of the shooting.
It is unclear how the child got their hands on the gun.
Michael Laughter was at his girlfriend’s house who lives in the neighborhood when he woke up to a commotion. He said he heard sirens and saw lights and a crowd of people forming outside.
“There was probably six or seven vehicles out there, all lights going,” he said.
He said that, when he found out what happened, it hit home because he also has a young child.
Selena Bryant, a nearby neighbor, has lived in the trailer park for 10 years. She says the family has multiple children and moved in last spring.
“I couldn’t believe what had happened,” Bryant said. “It was a real tragedy. … I think that people need guns to protect themselves but they should be kept away from children.”
An investigation is underway but no charges have been filed.
The child’s name has not been released.