Garner police say they’ve charged a man with felony child abuse after finding he accidentally shot his 14-year-old son in the torso with a handgun early Saturday morning.
Police charged James William Johnson, 45, of Garner with negligent child abuse causing serious injury, ABC11 first reported. The shooting happened just before 12:31 a.m. at a home at 919 Powell Drive, the department said in a news release on its Twitter account .
The teen was taken to WakeMed, Garner police said, where he was being treated for a serious injury, Garner Capt. Joe Binns said.
“I don’t know whether it’s life threatening or not,” Binns said in a telephone interview. “It’s certainly serious.”
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The shooting is still being investigated. Binns called it a “preventable incident.”
“From a parent’s perspective, you need to make sure you keep your guns locked up,” he said.
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