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10-Year-Old Christopher Stanlane Accidently Shot and Killed While Father Cleaned Shotgun

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Christopher Stanlan, Jr., 10, was shot in the head and killed Sunday when the shotgun his father was cleaning went off.

Christopher Stanlane Sr., 34, was wiping down a loaded shotgun in his living room, police said, when it discharged, shooting his son in the back of the head while he watched television in their Fairmont, N.C., home.

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Realizing what he had done, Stanlane Sr. then took his 8-year-old daughter into the next room. His wife, who was cooking in the kitchen at the time, called 911. When paramedics arrived, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Robeson County District Attorney will decide what charges, if any, will be brought against the parents. Capt. Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sherriff’s Office said no charges have been filed against Stanlane Sr. so far.

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Christopher’s uncle Robert Simmons told Carolinalive.com that the boy’s parents were "in shock, trying to come to terms with what happened."

"I don't think he meant to hold it in that direction," he said. "There must've been a bullet lodged in the chamber, and it fired and hit him."

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Gavaghan did not wish to comment on the Stanlane investigation, but he did stress the importance of checking to make sure a gun is unloaded before cleaning it.

Sources: WMBF News, NY Daily News