An accidental firing of a .22 rifle has resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl. According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Selena Seleste, 16, was taking pictures with Clayton Webb, Jr. of Newton with a rifle when the gun fired and hit Seleste in the chest.
Authorities say Webb fired the weapon.
Seleste was taken to an area hospital and died as a result of the gunshot wound before she could be airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte.
Deputies say a 21-year-old acquaintance of both the victim and the suspect was meeting with both Seleste and Webb to potentially sell the .22 caliber rifle when the accident occurred.
The incident is still under investigation and a report regarding the incident is expected to be submitted to the district attorney’s office when the investigation is concluded.
Injuries or fatalities from an accident involving firearms can come when issues of gun safety are not followed, or they can come when there are defects in a product. While the investigators are looking into why a tragic accident happened in the first place, that is of little comfort to the family and loved ones left behind. Even if this incident is ruled an accident, family members can file a wrongful death suit in such a case.
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