South Carolina gun shop owner charged after ‘prank’ leaves friend dead

A gun store owner in South Carolina is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after a worker was fatally shot at the business in early November.

On Friday, Coastal Firearms owner Jon Whitley, 52, of Berkeley County, was charged following the Nov. 2 incident.

That day, officials arrived at the shop and found 36-year-old Stefan Mrgan with a gunshot wound to the “lower face.” He was pronounced deceased shortly after authorities arrived.

According to the initial incident report, Whitley admitted to officers he had brought his replica Glock BB gun into the shop and placed it among real firearms as part of a prank.

Authorities say Whitley mistakenly picked up a real firearm instead of the replica and pointed it at the victim and fired it, killing the victim, who was described as Whitley’s friend.

A witness told deputies the two had been having a normal conversation when he heard the firearm discharge.

No arrests were immediately made after the incident.

A Berkeley County Magistrate set Whitley’s bond at $15,000 personal recognizance, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

The gun store is located at 1161 Cainhoy Rd.

Source: ABCNews4


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