The Onslow County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the individual killed in an apparent accidental shooting.
The victim is identified as 52 year-old Jackie Riley
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon behind a home on 3421 Richlands Highway while Riley and a friend were target practicing.
Authorities say one of the men had been shooting a 22 caliber automatic Browning pistol when a malfunction caused the magazine to drop from the weapon. The man disassembled and then reassembled the weapon but did not realize a round was still inside the weapon. While putting the spring back in, it caused the firing pin to hit the round inside the barrel of the gun, causing it to fire, striking Riley in the right upper temple.
The incident is being investigated by Detective Sergent Tom Robinson.