A resident of Quick who asked not to be identified said the victim was from Mill Creek, Randolph County, and was in town visiting family.
While further details of the case have not been released, Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brian Humphreys said generally in cases like these involving minors, negligence of the parents must be investigated.
The preliminary investigation points to an accidental shooting, Humphreys said, and neglect is typically harder to prove in cases involving a 10-year-old as compared to a toddler.
"At this age, it's pretty much impossible to watch their every move ... they are not inherently careless at this age," Humphreys said. "We're not blaming the parents, but we do urge everyone to make sure that your firearms are secure.
"Store them in a box that only you know the combination to," he said. "They were so young. ... Everyone has learned a hard lesson in safety."
David Grisaber, who works at a convenience store located at the entrance of Pentacre Road, said Monday's conversations among his customers were somber to be so close to Christmas.
"They have just been saying how sad it is. I mean, it's tragic," he said. "It's a shock. It's pretty quiet here."
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