MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It's a tragic story--a Macon man was accidentally shot and called by a family member Friday night.
"...it really is sad that people have to bury their son and their child...," said a neighborhood friend of Cedric Patrick, Yaquadrean Lowe.
Sometimes freak accidents can happen so suddenly.
"...This stuff ain't even called for. But like they say, the good die young," said Lowe.
21-year-old Cedric Patrick was shot and killed Friday night, by someone who loved him--family.
Lowe has fond memories of Patrick in the neighborhood on Shakespeare Boulevard.
"...my little brother and my little cousin be out here playing football and he be like the quarterback out here throwing the football out here like that," said Lowe.
Patrick's cousin, 27-year-old Dominick Howell, was in the car with Patrick in front of a strip mall at 1090 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon.
According to witness statements, Howell was sitting in the back seat, with his cousin in the front seat.
He had the gun in his waistband, and he said it was a little uncomfortable, so he put it in his lap.
It then it began to fall out of his lap, and as he reached for it, he accidentally put a bullet right through the passenger seat and into his cousin's back.
"If he didn't have it in a holster that's very very dangerous," said Eagle Gun Range owner Hamp Dowling.
Hamp Dowling owns Eagle Gun Range in Macon, and he teaches classes on gun safety regularly.
He says an accident like this could have possibly been avoided if Howell used a gun holster instead of his waistband.
"When you have it holstered it covers up the trigger guard, which covers up the trigger," said Dowling. "So he probably had it out of the holster, and when he dropped it he reached for it, his finger naturally goes to the trigger and bang on the trigger."
Howell will now face a charge of involuntary manslaughter, and the investigation is not over.
Dowling has advice for those who own or may own a gun.
"Anytime you go purchase a firearm you wanna take course from somebody, like here at the Eagle Gun Range, that knows something about firearms that can teach you how to properly handle it, safely handle it, and learn the basic rules about firing a firearm," said Dowling.
Because learning the basics can mean life or death.
"Peaches" went on to say Patrick acted as a role model for the younger kids, and that she would miss him.
If you're interested in an upcoming gun safety class, Dowling said the range would be holding a couple of classes in a couple of weeks.
For more information, give the range a call at 478-757-GUNS.
Howell is currently being held in the Bibb Sheriff's Law Enforcement Center without bond.
Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.