Nebo, NC (FOX Carolina) - A man in McDowell County is facing charges deputies say after his son accidentally shot a friend. 

According to deputies, the McDowell County Sheriff's Office charged 48-year-old Merle Dwayne Foster with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor. 

The sheriff's office says in the early morning hours of March 27, Foster's son had a friend spending the night.  According to deputies, Foster's son was cleaning the handgun when it went off accidentally, firing a shot and hitting the friend in the lower left leg. 

The victim was taken to Mission Hospital in McDowell for treatment. 

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