LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A two-year-old accidentally shot another child in the head Sunday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports.
According to deputies, the shooting happened in a home on Lightview Lane in Lincolnton around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.
Detectives said the child’s father was outside the home smoking a cigarette and heard a loud pop.
After consulting with the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, Detective Richard Calhoun charged the father, 23-year-old Dylan Sean Moose, with storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Deputies said the father rushed back inside the home where he and his wife found the two children who were playing in the parent’s bedroom.
The one-year-old child suffered a wound from a bullet that grazed the child’s head. It’s believed the bullet did not penetrate the skull, deputies report.
According to deputies, while playing in the room the children apparently retrieved a .380 caliber handgun from a nightstand and a shot was fired. The one-year-old child was transported to Atrium Health Care in Charlotte by Lincoln County EMS.
Gun safety locks are available at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at no charge.
Stay with NBC Charlotte for the latest on this developing story.
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