WARRANT: Teen hid gun used in accidental shooting of girl

18-year-old Elija Robinson has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the incident.
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 9:21 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2020 at 2:17 PM EDT
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DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Court documents are shedding more light on the charge against a teen surrounding a shooting that involved two girls.

The warrant charging 18-year-old Elija Robinson with obstruction of justice says that the teenager removed a .32 caliber gun from the scene of an accidental shooting involving the children.

Deputies say that a 6-year-old girl found the handgun and shot a 12-year-old girl. Chris Farrior was on his way to work when he heard what happened and went to help the two sisters.

“When I got over there, that’s when I see them laying on the floor in the front room,” said Farrior. “I told them to get some stuff so I could apply some pressure to it to keep it from bleeding.”

The document alleges that Robinson hid the gun under the Cedar Lane Drive home outside of Beulaville and that he lied to law enforcement after multiple interviews at the scene regarding his involvement in the shooting.

According to the warrant, Robinson later told the location of the gun to a bystander and then ultimately told deputies where it was. Avion Moricy told WITN News he goes to school with Robinson, and that he used the weapon for self-defense, but it is unclear if Moricy obtained it legally.

“He’s a good person. What happened yesterday -- he didn’t cause any of that,” said Moricy. “They were more concerned about the gun than the girl. They basically just put it all on him.”

Neighbors say the small family is friendly, and that the two girls likely were playing with the weapon when it went off.

“I’ve known the mom since I was a little kid. I’ve known the dad for quite a few years,” said Farrior. “But, they’re cool. They’re real calm people.”

Deputies say the girl is in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Robinson is being held at the Duplin County jail on a $15,000 bond. The sheriff’s office says that more charges are anticipated.


Deputies in Duplin County have made an arrest in connection with what they call an accidental shooting of a twelve-year-old girl by another child.

It happened Monday on Cedar Lane Drive, which is southwest of Beulavaville.

Deputies say the girl, who is in critical condition, was shot in the back by another girl who is just six years old.

Neighbors tell WITN that the two girls are sisters.

Deputies say the six-year-old found the handgun and shot the other child. The injured child was first taken to Vidant Duplin Hospital and then to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Elija Robinson, 18, of Magnolia, has been charged with obstruction of justice by deputies. He was jailed on a $15,000.

Deputies have not said specifically why Robinson was arrested. They did say additional charges in the case are anticipated.

Originally, deputies said an eight-year-old was shot by a 12-year-old.

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