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Deputies: Girl accidentally shoots, kills stepdad

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:59:15 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 08 2013 07:38:00 AM CDT

CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG COUNTY -

An 11-year-old Cleveland County girl accidentally fatally shot her 19-year-old stepfather, after he handed her his new handgun.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Bryan Reno died in his home outside of Mooresboro after being shot in the chest about 10:45 p.m. Friday.

Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman says Reno bought the gun less than 24 hours earlier. The sheriff says Reno showed the gun to his stepdaughter as he 35-year-old wife Pamela Reno was sleeping.

Norman says Reno removed the magazine slide from the .380-caliber gun but he apparently failed to check the chamber. The girl pulled the trigger as she examined the gun, and it discharged.

The sheriff doesn't expect anyone to be charged.