ROBBINS, N.C. (WNCN) — Four people were injured during an accidental shooting during a turkey shooting competition Saturday night in Moore County, officials said. A fifth person was injured during the incident after falling into a fire pit, according to deputies.
The incident was reported just after 8:20 p.m. at a community turkey shoot in an area off Cummings Road in northern Moore County just outside Robbins, according to Moore County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Maness.
Maness said the incident was “completely accidental” and there was “no criminal intent.”
The shooting happened when a shotgun fired after it was dropped, he said.
Three people from one family — a mother, father and their very young son — were taken to First Health Moore Regional in Pinehurst for treatment.
A 12-year-old girl, who is not related to the other three victims, was airlifted to Chapel Hill for treatment of gunshot wounds to her legs, Maness said.
All of the injuries are non-life-threatening, Maness said.
A woman who was near the shooting fell into a fire pit and suffered burns, but they are not considered serious, Maness said.
“It is certainly accidental — no criminal intent in any way,” Maness said.