The N.C. State Center for Health Statistics say child firearm deaths rose 88% from 56 to 105 last year, the most since at least 1999. The previous high was 61 deaths in 2018. Most of those who died were boys 15 to 17 years old. Of those 105 children killed 66 died from assaults, up from 36 in 2019, according to the numbers. Self-inflicted firearm death doubled to 31, according to other data collected by North Carolina health officials.