Two shot, including 1-year-old in accidental fatal southeast Charlotte shooting

The incident happened Saturday just after 8 p.m.
Two juveniles were shot in an accidental fatal shooting in southeast Charlotte on Saturday night.
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 11:09 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Two juveniles were shot in an accidental fatal shooting in southeast Charlotte on Saturday night.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), the shooting happened in the 7100 block of Wallace Road, and involved a 7-year-old and a 1-year-old.

Both children were transported to the hospital.

The 1-year-old was later pronounced dead while the 7-year-old suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Police responded to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. and say one of the children got their hands on the gun.

“The awareness of where your firearm is and knowing that the firearm is somewhere secure where little hands cannot get to it That is absolutely imperative to keeping those firearms out of the hands of our children,” said CMPD Lieutenant Stephen Fischbach.

BJ Murphy with Charlotte Area Peacekeepers said he felt a familiar sense of dread learning about the weekend shooting.

Murphy says it was the same pain he felt after learning that 3-year-old Asoah Figueroa was shot and killed while sleeping in his home last September.

“I was like oh my God, not again where I was thinking about three-year-old Asiah,” he said.

Murphy says he is relieved to know this shooting on Wallace Road wasn’t a targeted situation but is still saddened knowing it could’ve been prevented.

“When we have weapons in our homes we need to make sure that we have a gun lock and keep these those things out of the sight of our children.”

According to state law 14-315.1. Storage of firearms to protect minors adults can be charged with a misdemeanor if they leave the gun out and loaded and if they knew or should have known the child could get their gun.

Police have ongoing partnerships handing out free gun locks and are urging adults to take the extra time to put their guns out of sight and locked away or they will get charged.

“They can be held criminally responsible if they are neglectful with securing their firearms and those firearms get into little hands and a tragic event is to take place, they can be held accountable for not securing a firearm,” Fischbach said.

Murphy and other organizers including Lucille Puckett with “Take Back Our H.O.O.D.S” are consoling the family and offering their support during this difficult time.

“It’s something that nobody is expecting to happen but it’s good to know you have sincere people who want to do whatever they can to relieve the parents of their burden,” Murphy said.

Homicide Unit detectives are currently conducting an investigation.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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