73-year-old John Dove of Madison, North Carolina was at a creek near his home shooting a .22-caliber handgun with an 11-year-old boy (news accounts do not give the boy's name or relationship to Dove). The two returned home and Dove told the boy to clean the gun. After cleaning the gun, the boy reloaded it, at which point he unintentionally discharged the gun. Dove, who was standing in front of the gun, was shot in the abdomen. Dove's wife said her husband was in the intensive care unit at Moses Cone Hospital.