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Game that ended in Denver teen being shot leads to charges against a parent

Investigators stand outside the site of a teen shooting in Denver, N.C. on Sunday
Investigators stand outside the site of a teen shooting in Denver, N.C. on Sunday

A game that led to the accidental shooting of a 15-year-old Lincoln County teen on Sunday has resulted in a criminal summons against the father of one of the teens involved in the incident.

Jerry Lee McVey, 49, of Campground Road in Denver is facing one misdemeanor count of storage of firearms to protect minors and is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court on Nov. 17, said Detective Frank Runyon of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

McVey is the father of a 14-year-old boy who was involved in the incident, which occurred at 5:45 p.m. Sunday in a mobile home park in the 7600 block of Campground Road.

Detectives said a group of five teens were playing a game they described as trying to get through the door into the mobile home. A 15-year-old teen was entering the mobile home when a 14-year-old fired a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun. The shot, which was fired from about three feet, away grazed the teen’s chest, went through the wall of the mobile home and into an outbuilding, officials said.

There were no adults at the residence when the incident occurred. Lincoln County EMS transported the victim to a hospital where he was treated and released to his parents. Three other teens witnessed the incident. The Juvenile Justice office has been notified about the incident, officials said.

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