FAIRMONT, NC (WMBF) – A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head and killed Sunday by his father at a home in Fairmont, according to officials with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.
Christopher Stanlane, 34, was wiping a shotgun down at his home on Gaddy Road Sunday afternoon when it went off, striking Christopher Stanlane, Jr. in the head, according to Capt. Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. Stanlane's son was watching television in front of him.
Stanlane dropped his gun and rushed his eight-year-old daughter to another room, Thompson said, and his wife called 911. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the son dead at the scene.
The Robeson County District Attorney will determine what, charges will be filed against Stanlane, if any, Thompson added.
Robeson County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Eric Gavaghan did not want to comment on the Stanlane case, but said it's important to always check to make sure a gun is unloaded before you clean it.
"With great power comes great responsibility. And with a firearm, that's one of the greatest powers in the world," Sgt. Gavaghan said.
Gavaghan teaches concealed carry classes across the state of North Carolina, including to law enforcement officials.
"Most people think that guns are what kill people and it's not. The people and their inexperience, their lack of training, that's what hurts other people with firearms," Sgt. Gavaghan said.