• Sheriff: 11-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed stepfather

    By: Tina Terry


    CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. - An 11-year-old girl accidentally pulled the trigger of her stepfather's gun, hitting and killing him, according to Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman.

    The accident happened Friday night on Lemmons Road. The sheriff said the stepfather, 19-year-old Bryan Scott Reno, had bought the gun Friday in Rutherford County and was showing it to the girl.

    "He was basically just looking at the firearm and telling his 11-year-old what he had purchased and actually handed her the gun to let her experience the new firearm," said Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman.

    Norman said Reno had removed the gun's clip, but a round was still in the chamber. The little girl pulled the trigger and fired a deadly shot at her stepdad.

    "Mother was in bed, was summoned by the 11-year-old. The mother actually placed a 911 call," Norman said.

    Deputies said the girl needs prayer and support to face the days ahead.

    "She's naturally extremely, extremely upset. There are going to be some trying days for her from last evening until only the Lord knows when," Norman said.

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