Student shot, killed while handling gun

Published 5:36 pm Thursday, November 4, 2021

A Gray Stone Day School middle school student from Rowan County was killed Monday evening after suffering an accidental gunshot wound.

Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority Chief Mark Cook said officers responded to a call from a gunshot victim around 6 p.m. Monday, according to the Salisbury Post, which first reported the story. An unnamed juvenile was shot while handling a firearm that he thought was unloaded. The gun still had a round in its chamber when he was handling it.

The bullet struck the juvenile and killed him.

“At this time, the family has asked for privacy and we ask for everyone to keep the family in thoughts and prayers,” he said. “We have no further releasable details. However, the investigation is still ongoing.”

The school notified students of the death and Gray Stone Chief Administrative Officer Helen Nance said counselors, along with the school nurse, have been available to students to help them express their feelings and process the grief of losing a classmate. Plans are being formulated to honor the student in the upcoming weeks.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved middle school student,” said Principal Kristen Gray. She said the student was “an exceptional young man and an integral part of our Knight family” who “made friends easily, and loved to make others laugh.”
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and our thoughts are with everyone affected as they process through this tragedy,” she added.
Josh Bergeron of The Salisbury Post contributed to this report.

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Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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