GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A three-year-old boy remains at Vidant Medical Center Monday recovering from a gun shot wound to the pelvis.
Police ruled the shooting accidental. The child was alone when he found a pistol and shot himself at a home on Battle Street in Monday morning.
Greenville Police said they found bullets and magazines, but still haven’t found the weapon. They tell 9 On Your Side multiple convicted felons were inside at the time of the shooting, but believe they fled the scene.
Ted Sauls, deputy chief, said he’s working with the district attorney’s office to decide who will face charges.
“The owners on whether they are at any fault for leaving the weapon exposed, from those who are not supposed to be in possession of firearms residing in the home or visiting at the time to the mother who had responsibilities,” Sauls said.
A neighbor said her son was playing outside when he heard a gunshot and watched someone run out the back door.
The child and his mother were visiting from Baltimore and is expected to be alright.
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Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that left a three-year-old boy injured. The boy was in the house when he was shot in the groin area.
Family and neighbors say they’re devastated.
“It hurts. It hurts because it could have been my child over there playing this morning,” said neighbor Letricia Brown, adding that she woke up Sunday morning, her street covered with crime scene tape and cop cars everywhere. “I saw the little boy in the ambulance, but he was holding up his hands like he was in pain and he wanted someone to hold his hands.”
The boy was taken to Vidant Medical Center with non- life threatening injuries. Police searched a car near the home, snapped pictures of the scene, and took two people in for questioning.
“All I kept thinking about is it could be kids over there. Not only do I have a son, I have a three-year-old daughter too,” Brown said, adding that her two kids and the little boy ride bikes and are always playing outside. “He’s just close, he comes over here and asks for juice and chips and I just do not understand.”
Other neighbors are shocked as well.
“It’s terrible. It’s terrible. That wasn’t supposed to happen,” Johnne Jones Harper said.
Brown says she’ll be keeping her children close. They’ll be staying in the yard for now. No, I do not feel comfortable with him going down there anymore,” Brown explained.
“They’ll be staying in the yard for now. No, I do not feel comfortable with him going down there anymore,” Brown explained.
Police say the shooting was accidental but they haven’t found the gun. They said the boy and his mother did not live at the home. He may have to undergo surgery and is expected to be okay.
Greenville Police are investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning.
At approximately 10 a.m. officers responded to 503-B Battle Street in Greenville. Upon arrival, officers discovered a three-year-old male was struck. He was suffering from a single gunshot wound to groin area.
The child was transported to Vidant Medical Center. Police say he’s expected to undergo surgery. The injuries appear to non-life threatening.
It appears the shooting is a result of an unintentional discharge of the firearm. The person who shot the boy has not yet been identified. Police are questioning two people in connection to the shooting.
If anyone has information on this incident, you’re asked to contact GPD.