The 22. caliber Ruger rifle that killed a Catawba County teenager in an accident on Sunday did not have a magazine in it when it fired, a sheriff’s deputy said.
Apparently there was a bullet in the chamber that struck Selena Lewis, 16, of Maiden, in the chest, said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s office. The girl died en route to the hospital or shortly after she arrived.
She had traveled to a home at 2818 Rocky Ford Road near Newton on Sunday with two 21-year-olds, one of them a friend. Lewis had recently met the driver, Clayton Webb Jr. He was interested in buying the rifle and was looking it over when it fired. Lewis was taking a picture of it.
The owner of the rifle was not at home but had left it in his truck. Deputies got a call about the incident around 5 p.m., Fish said.
No charges have been filed, although an investigation is ongoing.