Police: Gun that killed Fayetteville toddler was illegally owned

Police said Monday that the Fayetteville man charged in the accidental shooting death of his daughter over the weekend should never have had a gun in the house because he’s a convicted felon.

Melvin Andre Clark Jr., 19, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was in the Cumberland County jail Monday under a $50,000 bond.


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7 years ago

He pawned an item he stole from my home (one of the two times he robbed my home) the day before she shot herself. After stealing my son’s xBox360 in May, he logged into his xBox Live account THAT night, started using it and even changed the avatar to look like himself, same chinstrap beard and everything. I called the Fayetteville police and alerted them that the burglar was online with my son’s account, he used it for about two weeks. I even followed up with the detective and they never did anything. Maybe if they’d pursued it, he’d already have been in jail and the little girl wouldn’t have died. They live just one street over from me. Sad to see such a young, innocent little one lost in this.