Perquimans County man accidentally shot dead by four-year-old grandson

Posted at 3:54 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 22:23:57-04

PERQUIMANS CO., N.C. - A man is dead after his four-year-old grandson accidentally shot him Sunday.

Around 2:20 p.m. on October 8, the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office received a call to respond to the Sandy Road area near the Perquimans County Line in reference to a gunshot victim.

After a preliminary investigation, officials found that a four-year-old boy and his grandfather were shooting a rifle on a road referred to as S. Desert Road when the boy accidentally discharged the rifle and struck the grandfather. The victim, identified as Danny Robin Patrick, 57, of Elizabeth City, died at the scene.

News 3 spoke with Robin Francis who lives about a mile from where the accidental shooting happened. She said the four-year-old boy came to her house and said he shot his grandfather. Francis tried to learn more about how badly Patrick was injured, but the four-year-old said he was dead. Francis called 911. After police questioned the grandson where the accidental shooting took place, Francis said they told her the grandson gave them the same information.