Sheriff: 4-year-old boy accidentally shoots, kills grandfather

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina -- A North Carolina sheriff said a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his grandfather.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said in a news release that deputies were called to a rural area around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators said 57-year-old Danny Patrick of Elizabeth City had been shooting a rifle with his grandson and at some point, the boy fired a shot, killing the man.

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The boy then walked to a nearby home, where Robin Francis said the boy told her his grandfather was dead.

Deputies found Patrick dead at the scene.