An 11-year-old Cleveland County, NC, girl accidentally shot and killed her 19-year-old stepfather, Bryan Scott Reno, with a handgun he had just acquired, the Charlotte Observer reports.
At about 10:45 p.m., authorities received a 911 call about a person being shot in the 400 block of Lemmons Road, just outside of Mooresboro.
When they arrived, they found Bryan Scott Reno dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, Norman said.
Authorities determined that Reno had purchased the gun either through a trade or purchase within 24 hours of the incident, Norman said.
He said that on Friday evening, while his 35-year-old wife Pamela Reno slept, Bryan Reno showed the gun to his stepdaughter. At one point, Reno removed the magazine slide from the firearm and handed the .380-caliber gun to her to examine, Norman said.
“During the course of her looking at the firearm, it’s apparent that she pulled the trigger of the firearm and it discharged,” Norman said. “It just appears he failed to check the chamber to make sure there was not a bullet in the chamber, and it turned fatal.”