Man charged in accidental shooting of 2-year-old son

Charges reflect violation of proper gun storage
May. 28, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

The father of the 2-year-old victim in a shooting incident May 18 turned in himself to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to be served with an arrest warrant.

On May 28, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office charged Jose Luis Palencia, 28, with violation of North Carolina’s law regarding storage of firearms to protect minors. Violation of this law is a class 1 misdemeanor.

Palencia was charged with this after his 2-year-old son picked up an unsecured handgun and shot himself in the mouth.

According to detectives, the toddler continues to recover from the injury.

Palencia was taken before the Magistrate at the Randolph County Jail. He received a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in Randolph County District Court is set for June 3.

According to an earlier press release, deputies on May 18 responded to the home of Jose Palencia and Agelica Rameriez of 711 Spring Valley Road Asheboro. Detectives reported that the boy was playing in his parent’s bedroom when he picked up a loaded handgun. The gun discharged and struck the boy in the mouth. The parents and other siblings were home at the time. The boy was in the bedroom alone when the gun discharged.

The boy’s father rushed him to the emergency department of Randolph Hospital.