GUNZ: 2 Children, 2 Adults Wounded in Accidental Shooting at N.C. Turkey Shoot

DATELINE: ROBBINS, N.C. (WNCN) — Four people were injured during an accidental shooting during a turkey shooting competition Saturday night in Moore County, officials said. A fifth person was injured during the incident after falling into a fire pit, according to deputies.

The shooting happened when a shotgun fired after it was dropped, he said.

A 12-year-old girl, who is not related to the other three victims, was airlifted to Chapel Hill for treatment of gunshot wounds to her legs, Moore County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Maness said.

Maness said there was no criminal intent and that the shooting was “completely accidental”. He said no charges would be filed.

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The 12-year-old girl who was shot, was airlifted to a hospital in Chapel Hill, officials told WNCN. Three others — a mother, father and their young son — were also injured and taken to a hospital.

The person who fell into the fire pit suffered burns, but “is expected to recover.”


What’s a turkey shoot?

It’s fun, family-oriented, a social event where friends and family get together to compete for prizes by shooting shotguns at paper targets.

According to Wikipedia:  Original turkey shoots, however, date at least to the time of James Fenimore Cooper. 1789-1851.

A Bit of an update:

On Saturday, November 20, at approximately 8:18 p.m., deputies with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Cummings Road area outside of Robbins to the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies were able to determine that a turkey shoot was being conducted by Matt Kivett on his property. During the course of the turkey shoot, a loaded shotgun had been sitting on a wooden ledge and accidentally fell to the ground. Upon striking the ground, the weapon discharged, and the shotgun pellets struck several people.

Those injured included: William Dunn, 46, of Snow Camp, N. C., Kimberly Dunn, 34, Snow Camp, N. C., their 1-year-old son, and a 12-year-old female. The Dunn family was treated and released at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. The 12-year-old victim was air-lifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with non-life-threatening injuries. A fifth person (a 5-year-old female juvenile), was also injured when her hand came into contact with a burn barrel. She was also treated and released.

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