Son accidentally shoots friend, father charged

A Nebo man was charged after his son accidentally shot a friend in the leg with a handgun, authorities said Friday.

Detective Van Williams of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Merle Dwayne Foster, 48, address listed as N.C. 226 South in Nebo, with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 27, 16-year-old Braxton Mosteller, address listed as Nebo, was spending the night with his friend, 17-year-old Jake Foster, address listed as N.C. 226 South in Nebo.

Jake Foster was cleaning a handgun when it accidentally fired and hit Mosteller in the lower left leg. Mosteller was taken to Mission Hospital McDowell for treatment of his wound.

A photo of Merle Foster is not available. He was issued a criminal summons.

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