Coroner identifies 6-year-old victim in accidental shooting

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) A 6-year-old has been identified as the victim of an accidental shooting in North Charleston.

According to an incident report from the North Charleston Police Department, officers were dispatched to a home on Ranger Driver after receiving reports of a shooting Monday afternoon.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to MUSC where she later died.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal with the Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified that victim as 6-year-old Zy’Ashia Smalls.

NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor said four juveniles were unattended in the home at the time of the shooting.

The father of one of the children that was in the home, Herbert Dawson, says that he’s hurt and confused after learning that it was his son that accidentally pulled the trigger.

“I’m hurt in the inside and disappointed,” Dawson said.

He says that the residence where the shooting occurred is not his home, and he did not know that his son was left unsupervised there with a loaded firearm.

A weapon should not be in reach of a child…that’s just small kids. I never talk bad about my family or my kids, it just hurt that it was in the hand reach of them and accidents do happen, Dawson said.

He says that he knows little details about why the children were unsupervised in the home with a loaded gun or who it belonged too, but as he waits for more details— he sends his condolences.

“I give my regards to the family and the kids,” Dawson said.

There is no word yet on if any charges will be pressed. The shooting remains under investigation.

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