Deputies from the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call early Monday involving a 15-year-old gunshot victim who later died while witnesses were taking him to a hospital.
The shooting is being treated as a homicide, and someone has already taken responsibility, Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said in a news conference Monday afternoon.
“I don’t want to speculate what happened yet,” Coats said at the news conference.
Family and friends were taking Owen Caltagirone to Central Harnett Hospital when they flagged down deputies who were headed to the call at 2019 N.C. 27 West, the sheriff’s office said.
Friends and family were performing CPR when they met up with the deputies. They called EMS, but medics pronounced Caltagirone dead about 1 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.
Caltagirone suffered a gunshot wound in the chest, Coats said.
One of the people assisting with CPR claimed responsibility for accidentally shooting Caltagirone and told deputies he lived with Caltagirone in an apartment behind the residence, the sheriff’s office said in a statement to news media.
The owner of the residence is Francisco Caltagirone, grandfather of the victim, Coats said.
The apartment behind the residence had been converted into a living space where deputies found multiple weapons, including guns, the sheriff said.
Caltagirone was living in the apartment, and the suspect stayed there on multiple occasions, but it’s unclear whether the suspect was living there, Coats said at the news conference. The suspect, whose name was not released, is 16 years old, the sheriff said.
The sheriff’s office did not provide any information about the ownership of the weapons in the apartment.
Alcohol and drugs are not considered a factor at this stage in the investigation, which is continuing.