The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says the accidental discharge of a gun has left one man dead and another charged.
Deputies were dispatched to 855 Smith Grady Road, Seven Springs at 1:10 p.m. Monday in reference to a shooting incident.
Deputies arrived on scene and found a male victim dead from a gunshot wound.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Randall Thomas Lewis. Deputies say he died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Sheriffs’ detectives say the investigation and determined that Lewis and 19-year-old Michael Bradley Rouse were engaged in horseplay while Rouse held a semi-automatic handgun. Rouse reportedly pointed the handgun at the victim believing the gun had the safety engaged. The gun was then fired and a bullet struck Lewis.
Rouse was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by felon. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.