Sheriff: Boy, 4, accidently shoots grandfather, killing him

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his grandfather with a gun he found on the tailgate of the man’s truck, a North Carolina sheriff said.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said in a news release that deputies were called to a rural area about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators said 57-year-old Danny Patrick of Elizabeth City had been shooting a rifle with his grandson. At some point, the boy fired a shot, killing the man.


The sheriff said in an e-mail that Patrick was shot in the face.

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The boy then walked to a nearby home, where he told Robin Francis that his grandfather was dead.

Deputies found Patrick dead at the scene.

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