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DA: No criminal charges to be filed in Jasmine Thar shooting

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Jasmine Thar (Courtesy: Thar family via WECT) Jasmine Thar (Courtesy: Thar family via WECT)
WHITEVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

Prosecutors in Columbus County have decided not to press criminal charges in the shooting death of 16-year-old Jasmine Thar.

Thar was killed by a bullet which was fired from a rifle by James Anthony Blackwell in Chadbourn on Dec. 23, 2011.

Two other people were also wounded by the bullet, according to the release from the Columbus County District Attorney's Office.

Thar was a student at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte.

The 16-year-old, her cousin and her aunt were leaving a relative's house in Chadbourn when they were struck by the bullet.

Blackwell, 23, told investigators he was cleaning the gun when it accidentally discharged, according to the release.

Police say Jasmine, her cousin Jahmesha McMillian and her aunt Traeka McMillian were standing single file, getting into a car, ready to go shopping.

"Our investigation has determined that the death in this case was the product of an accidental discharge resulting in an unintended consequence," said District Attorney Jon David in a statement. "The fact that a shooting occurred does not, standing alone, constitute criminal negligence."

Investigators say there is no evidence to suggest Blackwell shot Thar willfully or intentionally. The blinds to the window the bullet traveled through were closed, investigators say.

Several vigils and memorials have been held here in Charlotte since the shooting.

The family had sought held from prominent national attorneys and public figures like the Rev. Al sharpton.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Thar family attorney told WECT-TV that the family is considering a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer Remington.

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