NEW INFO: Court Appearance For Man Charged In Friend's Accidental Death

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says the accidental discharge of a gun has left one man dead and another charged.

Deputies were dispatched to 855 Smith Grady Road, Seven Springs at 1:10 p.m. Monday in reference to a shooting incident.

Deputies arrived on scene and found a male victim dead from a gunshot wound.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Randall Thomas Lewis. Deputies say he died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Sheriffs' detectives say the investigation and determined that Lewis and 19-year-old Michael Bradley Rouse were engaged in horseplay while Rouse held a semi-automatic handgun. Rouse reportedly pointed the handgun at the victim believing the gun had the safety engaged. The gun was then fired and a bullet struck Lewis.

Rouse was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by felon. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rouse made his first appearance in a Lenoir County court Friday morning. A judge determined his bond would remain at $85,300.

His next court date is January 13th, 2014.


The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says that it is investigating a fatal shooting.

Officials say that a 20-year-old man was shot in the head and killed at a home on Smith-Grady Road near Pink Hill.

Investigators say that the 20-year-old responsible for the shooting has been arrested.

Officials tell WITN the shooter told them that the victim was his friend and that the shooting was accidental.

No word yet on charges.