A 15-year-old boy died after a gun accidentally went off at a Wendell home, police said.
According to Johnston County investigators, the teen went to his neighbors house on David Drive in Wendell, and was shown a gun when it accidentally went off and fatally injured the teen, who family members say is 15-year-old Nicholas Exley.
Robert Furey was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Furey is being held without bond at the Johnston County Jail.
The victim's aunt, Cynthia Perry, says Exley died when Furey accidentally shot him, apparently trying to show Exley how to use the gun properly. Perry says he was a good kid who was looking forward to receiving a new video game system for Christmas. She says the entire family is devastated.
Perry is also angry because she says this is not the first time Furey's had a gun accident. The Johnston County Sheriff's Office confirms deputies were called to his home last month, but Furey was not arrested. Perry says the incident involved shots Furey accidentally fired at a neighbor's home.
“They didn’t arrest him. They didn’t take his guns," Perry said. "They didn’t do anything but tell him don’t use firearms when he’s drinking alcohol, which was a regular thing for the man.”
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