Teen accidentally shot in face dies

KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) — A 22-year-old Killingly man faces manslaughter charges after an accidental shooting in the face that took the life of a teenage boy.

Kyle Carney is being held on a $500,000 bond and is expected to appear in Danielson Superior Court today.

The shooting happened Tuesday night just after 7 p.m., state police said, when an ambulance was called to a home on Kenneth Drive for what was described as an accidental gunshot wound. The victim was found in a bedroom and rushed to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, where he was pronounced dead.

According to state police, Carney “was recklessly pointing a firearm in the direction of the victim when the rifle discharged, striking the victim in the face.”

News 8 spoke with a neighbor who says this kind of thing should be a reminder to anyone who owns a gun.

“If you’re gonna have guns make sure they’re locked up in a proper way. You’re the only one who has the key. And if you can’t take care of them in a proper way then you need to not have them,” said Justine Smith, Killingly.

The name of the teen who was killed has not been released.

Along with manslaughter, Carney faces a charge of reckless endangerment.

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