GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Police say a 13-year-old managed to unlock a gun safe, and get a weapon that a 3-year-old later used to shoot and kill himself.
Chief Ted Sauls spoke to the media this afternoon about the tragedy that happened Friday night at Wildwood Villas on Beech Street.
The chief says they do not anticipate any charges against the adults who were in the apartment at the time.
Under NC law (14-315.1.), guns are supposed to be kept out of the reach of children.
Sauls says after unlocking the safe, the 13-year-old left it in an unsecured spot and Kayden Swinnely grabbed it. Swinnely shot himself, according to police, and he later died at ECU Health Medical Center.
The chief said the two children, the victim’s aunt, and his mother were there at the time. He said the mother had just arrived at the apartment when the shooting happened.
This is the second child death in a month, where on January 14 in Pink Hill, a 3-year-old boy was killed after he shot himself with an unsecured and loaded handgun. Deputies charged Clarence Byrd III, 29, with involuntary manslaughter and negligent child abuse.