CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI's civil rights unit has joined an investigation into a Charlotte teenager's shooting death while she visited relatives in eastern North Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/HHykp9) a State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman confirms the FBI is helping uncover whether 16-year-old Jasmine Thar's shooting was an accident or a crime.
Thar was shot Dec. 23 as she stood in the front yard of a Columbus County home with a friend and the godmother she was visiting. One bullet fired from inside a home across the street killed Thar and wounded the others.
James Blackwell told Chadbourn police his rifle fired without pulling the trigger. Dozens of lawsuits against North Carolina-based Remington Arms Co. claim its 700-series rifles have fired without a trigger pull, which the company disputes.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com
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