Child accidentally shot in Iredell County

IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A 10-year-old was accidentally shot in Iredell County Thursday morning.

Deputies say the child got the gun from a vehicle and "it went off." It happened on Compton Park Road off of Old Mountain Road.

"Came to find out it was a self-inflicted accidental shooting, and he's very very lucky," said Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell. "He has a brother, they're in a routine of going out early in the morning and taking care of some animals, today for some reason he just went out by himself, ended up getting the gun, somehow the gun discharged."

The child was grazed across the forehead and suffered minor injuries.

"Luckily it was just a grazing wound," Campbell added, "by the smallest of margins it could have been fatal."

The boy went to the hospital to be checked out.

"You can have wonderful with them and you can protect yourself, but if you make a mistake, that's all it takes," said John Marshall.

Marshall owns the Statesville Jewelry & Loan, one of the more familiar fixtures in downtown Statesville.  He sells a lot of guns and always stresses safety, especially when there are children in the home.

A lock is provided with every gun sold, and there are other measures in place.

"The state has come up with a law that says that anybody buying a firearm is aware that they must keep it locked and firearm and ammunition separate so that a minor can't do this," Marshall added.

The sheriff is investigating this incident, and says charges are possible.

"That is something that we are going to have to address," Sheriff Campbell said.

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