Grandfather Charged After Accidental Shooting

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Photo Of Crime Scene Tape. (Credit: John Li/Getty Images)

Photo Of Crime Scene Tape. (Credit: John Li/Getty Images)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Fayetteville have charged the grandfather of a 7-year-old boy with involuntary manslaughter after an accidental shooting at the man’s home.

Authorities also charged 52-year-old David Nathaniel Richardson with misdemeanor failure to secure a firearm. He was released from jail Friday on a $6,000 secured bond. It couldn’t be determined whether Richardson has an attorney.

According to police, Jaylean Richardson was in a bedroom with other children on Friday when he discovered the .22-caliber rifle. Police won’t say if the boy was playing with the rifle or if he dropped it and it fired. Authorities said Richardson was at home at the time of the shooting.

Jaylean was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died.

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