MOORESBORO,North Carolina(WCNC) --A North Carolina man was shot and killed by his 11-year-old step-daughter Friday in what the sheriff is calling a "tragic accident."

Bryan Scott Reno, 19, died late Friday night while showing a gun he had just purchased to his step-daughter. The girl's mother had gone to bed.

According to Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman, Reno had removed the clip from the .380 caliber handgun before handing it to his step-daughter, who was not named. The gun fired while the girl was holding it, hitting and killing Reno.

"To see how this can affect a child," said Norman, "and you don't know what adverse effect it's going to have on that child later in life."

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