No charges filed in North Carolina after two grown men were carelessly playing with guns. Just another one of those tragic accidents that seem to happen so often around responsible gun owners!
HAVELOCK — District Attorney Scott Thomas and Havelock police have ruled the death of a New Bern man accidental after he fatally injured himself with a handgun, according to a release from the Havelock communications coordinator. No charges will be filed in the case.
Raymond David Andrews, 22, of New Bern, whose family is from Newport, died Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Nightmare Factory at 29 Park Lane.
Havelock authorities responded to the scene around 6:36 p.m. to find Mr. Andrews in the parking lot of the business. He sustained a single gunshot wound to the head.
Efforts to revive Mr. Andrews were not successful, and he was subsequently pronounced deceased by Havelock Fire/EMS paramedic staff.
Further investigation revealed Mr. Andrews and a friend and coworker at the Nightmare Factory were discussing and viewing firearms while standing in the parking lot beside Mr. Andrews’ vehicle.
At one point during the discussion the friend unloaded his firearm and handed the firearm to Mr. Andrews who began to dry fire the weapon while still talking with his friend. Mr. Andrews then returned the firearm to the friend who reloaded it as Mr. Andrews retrieved a second firearm from his vehicle.
As Mr. Andrews handed the second firearm to his friend, Mr. Andrews took the reloaded firearm and placed it on the front passenger seat of his vehicle. As Mr. Andrews and his friend conversed and viewed the second firearm two additional coworkers and friends approached and joined the conversation.
During this time Mr. Andrews reached into his vehicle and retrieved the firearm he had placed on the passenger seat, cocked the hammer and placed the firearm to his head. The weapon discharged causing a significant head wound that incapacitated Mr. Andrews.
After interviewing those present when the firearm discharged and reviewing a video recorded by an exterior video camera, investigators surmise Mr. Andrews was either unaware that the firearm had been reloaded, or that he was distracted by the conversation occurring between he and his friends causing him to forget the firearm had been reloaded.