LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A teen boy is dead following what witnesses and the suspect are calling an accidental shooting that occurred Monday morning in Lillington, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a call regarding a gunshot victim in the 2000 block of N.C. Highway 27 around 12:50 a.m.
While on the way to the scene, deputies were flagged down by family and friends of the victim who were in the process of transporting the teen to Central Harnett Hospital, authorities said.
Sheriff Wayne Coats said the boy, identified as Owen Caltagirone, was shot in the chest by a shotgun.
Caltagirone was undergoing CPR by family and friends when the deputies were stopped. EMS arrived on scene shortly after and pronounced Caltagirone, dead.
One of those who was assisting with CPR told deputies they were responsible for the shooting, the sheriff’s office said. Witnesses and the suspect told deputies the shooting was accidental, but authorities said the investigation is in its early stages.
The shooter and victim were apparently living in an apartment behind the home where the shooting occurred, deputies said. Coats said several other guns were in the apartment.
The suspect’s name is being withheld until the investigation is completed. Coats said the person who is taking responsibility for the shooting was best friends with the victim.
That person is not currently in custody and is cooperating with authorities.
No charges have been field but the sheriff has been in contact with District Attorney Vernon Stewart as Caltagirone’s death is being investigated as a homicide.
There is no threat to the public, Coats confirmed.