UPDATE: I.D. In Accidental Shooting That Kills Man

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.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 25, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    How much longer must we continue to call negligence an "accident"?
  • by Vance on Jan 25, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    This was a semi-automatic which means when fired another shell goes into the chamber if their is one left in the magazine.A shell was ejected into the barrel before the magazine came out.This man should have known this if it happened the way reported in the story.Sounds fishy to me to but Mike and C are right regardless of what I think. Keep the dang barrel pointed in a safe direction at all times not at someones head or body part.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Jan 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Sounds very suspicious... how do you disassemble a gun and not notice that its loaded? Hope they look into this a little bit more.
  • by C on Jan 25, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Mike: Good post,and if I may, please let me add to it: Rule 3:Keep your finger OFF the trigger unless you're on target and ready to shoot,and Rule 4:Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. Any and all firearm "accidents" could be avoided if people would just stick to those 4 basic rules.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:30 AM
    I've said it before and I'll say it again. There is no such thing as an "accidental shooting" when it comes to firearms, only neglegence. First rule of gun safety: Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded. Second rule of gun safety: Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. 'Nuff said!
  • by Keith on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:45 AM
    I was not there and I don't know all the fact, but this shooting sounds suspicious to me.
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