Parents Won't Face Charges In Air Rifle Death

Deputies in Wilson County say parents will not face any charges after their seven-year-old was shot and killed by his younger brother.

It happened last month near Fremont on Jaycross Road. Killed was Alejandro Mejia after deputies say his four-year-old brother shot him with an air rifle.

The family said the child got the gun for Christmas and the boy was out shooting cans in the yard when the accident happened. Both parents and three other children were home at the time.

The air rifle involved in this case was loaded with BBs, according to the Medical Examiner.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office says the child's death was accidental and their investigation is now closed.


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  • by eric here on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    It doesn’t say if the parents were there or not supervising when it happened but nothing like jumping to that race card right away. And I don’t know about bb guns now but when I was younger they sucked my brother got shot in the neck once it didn’t even break the skin. It would have to b a shot somewhere on the head to do some damage and especially kill which I’m sure a 4 year old does not have the accuracy to do willing so naturally one would think an accident. But a handgun, which uses gun powder and not compressed air, is a deadly weapon even if not a head shot someone can bleed out and die quite easily. And I could b wrong but I’m sure no one needs any kind of permit to buy a bb gun unlike a handgun and it makes the owner responsible to properly maintain and secure that weapon.
  • by yankee Location: greenville on Mar 17, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    WOW!!! Now there's a new one, pulling the black card out on a mexican. Impressive!! Remember people, this was a BB gun. A 4 year old could not pump up the gun to fire it, let alone load the bb. It was an accident.
  • by I Fought the Law on Mar 17, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    Yep as stated by a couple of folks.....nothing but a double standard courtesy of our lame, useless, good-for-nothing "justice" system. Instructions that come with a gun (even a pellet gun) will state "use only under adult supervision"......it's even written in the "No Hablo Ingles" language.
  • by Double Standerd on Mar 17, 2011 at 03:03 AM
    clint it is a double standerd because they aint white.
  • by Neglegent or NOT ?? on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:39 PM
    understanding? compassion? justice? How do we KNOW that the parents were neglegent? What if his brother had wrecked him on a bike and he had died? Accidents happen with guns AND with everyday things. I guess parents should just make BOYS watch tv & read. They will have great survival skills that way. We can also have less experienced army/police/gaurdsand ect. to protect us in the future, Just the answer for those BAD parents who ARE allowing them to learn. Maybe they should charge parents of new dangerous drivers to, too many young people are neglegent with cars ???? I"m Just saying Accidents WILL happen with everything!!
  • by SAD Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    This is a sad situation and I know the family is hurting, but wouldn't it at least be appropriate to charge them with negligence. A teenager takes Dad's gun to school without Dad knowing and Dad is charged. Two kids out playing in the yard with a gun, parents knowing this are not charged. Just another example of inequalities in our justice system.
  • by clint on Mar 16, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    I agree it was an accident and the parents should not be charged. They were negligent though. There is another story on here where a child shot himself with his fathers weapon. Father is charged with manslaughter. No specific laws on BB guns I guess. WTH.
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