Cleaning Gun Son Killed: Christopher Stanlane Shoots His Son In Back Of Head While Wiping Down His Weapon [VIDEO]

By Jason Van Hoven on March 26, 2013 1:06 PM EDT

Cleaning Gun Son Killed
Christopher Stanlane Jr was shot in the back of his head as he was watching television by his father, who was cleaning the gun that shot his son right before it accidentally went off. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A dad cleaning his gun killed his son accidentally in the living room of his North Carolina home on Sunday, according to reports.

Christopher Stanlane, 34, was wiping down the loaded weapon at his home in Fairmont when it abruptly discharged, and the bullet killed his 10-year-old son Christopher Stanlane Jr, who was merely watching television. The bullet struck the child in the back of the head around 4 p.m. per the Huffington Post.

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Realizing that hi son had just been killed, the older Stanlane, stopped cleaning the gun, dropped it and took his eight-year-old daughter to another room. His wife, who was cooking in the kitchen, called 911, but when paramedics rushed to the home, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Robert Simmons, the boy's uncle, told Carolinalive.com the parents were "in shock, trying to come to terms with what happened."

"I don't think he meant to hold it in that direction," added Simmons. "There must've been a bullet lodged in the chamber and it fired and hit him."

Captain Anthony Thompson said that no charges have so far been filed in the case, and deputies are still investigating. The Robeson County District Attorney will ultimately, however, decide the father's fate.

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