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Investigation continues into childs accidental shooting

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By ZACK OWENSBYThe Wilson Post

An investigation is continuing in a shooting that killed a Norene child Sunday night.

Wilson County Sheriff's Department reported Monday that 3-year old Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan accidentally shot and killed herself with her stepfather's .380 caliber handgun.

“Hopefully this will be a message to people with handguns… that they have to take the responsibility to keep them out of the hands of children,” said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.

Douglas Cronberger, the child’s stepfather, told authorities that earlier Sunday evening he heard what he thought was a prowler outside his Norene home, which is located on Cainsville Road right outside the Lebanon city limits.

Cronberger said he got his gun out to investigate, and when he returned he left the gun on the end table in the living room.

Cheyenne's mother, Tina Ann Cronberger, told authorities the little girl might have thought she was playing with a Nintendo Wii controller that resembled a gun.

Ashe said the stepfather said he was asleep at the time of the shooting, and the child's mother was in the room with the child.

“In my 28 years, I’ve worked several accidental shootings cases involving children, but this is the youngest I’ve ever been associated with,” Ashe said.

The pistol is being sent to a crime lab to analyze its trigger pressure other relevant data, he added.

“We will continue on with our investigation just like any other case, and when we’re finished, we’ll present that information to the District Attorney’s office and it will be up to them if they decide to file charges,” Ashe said.

But as for the facts seen during the investigation, “I don’t see any criminal intent,” Ashe said.

“If there is any good that might come out of this, maybe another family will see this and not have to go through what this family is having to go through.”

Staff Writer Zack Owensby may be contacted at zowensby@wilsonpost.com.

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