CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) — A 13-year-old boy from Asheville was shot on a boat in Beaufort County, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said the boy and his grandfather were on a pontoon boat in Sydney Creek just off Chocowinity Bay where they were shooting .22 caliber rifles toward the east bank of the creek.
They told the Sheriff ‘s Office they saw someone on the bank firing a gun in their direction and after the shooting stopped the grandfather realized the boy had been shot and transported him the Emergency Department.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office learned of the shooting around 6 p.m. and located the person seen on the bank about an hour later.
The Chocowinity man told investigators he was in his yard when he heard shots and could hear bullets flying past him in the direction of his house.
He reported making two attempts to get the attention of the people on the boat to get them to stop shooting in his direction. When those attempts failed, he fired warning shots to get their attention and after those shots, the boat left the area.
The Sheriff’s Office said the boy was hit by a ricocheting bullet, and the case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for further review.
The family reports the boy has so far not required any surgery, been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.