Monday, December 26, 2011

Man cleaning high-powered rifle unintentionally shoots and kills girl across the street

23-year-old James Blackwell, of Chadbourn, North Carolina was cleaning his high-powered rifle when he unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet traveled across the street and struck three people who were standing in the driveway, preparing to go on a trip to Myrtle Beach.
First the bullet hit 16-year-old Jahmesha McMillan, passing through her and continuing on into her cousin, 16-year-old Jasmine Thar. Bullet fragments also hit the girls' aunt, 42-year-old Treka McMillan. Jasmine was pronounced dead at the hospital. Jahmesha is listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery. Treka was treated for her injuries and released.
Police took Blackwell into custody but released him later in the day. He has not been charged, but police are continuing to investigate.
"At this point, it appears accidental, but we're investigating, not taking anything for granted," said the Chadbourn police chief. "No mater what, it's tragic, that's all I can say."


Baldr Odinson said...

Tragic. Sadly, I'm doubtful the gunman will be charged with more than a slap on the wrist, and will still be able to keep his weapons. If so, there will be nothing to keep this from happening again, and nothing to make other gun owners any more responsible.

DaveL said...

"Cleaning" my (admittedly jaundiced) eye.