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7-year-old has 'miracle' recovery after Raleigh shooting

Posted December 1, 2015

Brandon Ross was charged Nov. 24, 2015, with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
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— A 7-year-old who was shot in the head at a Raleigh home last week is out of the hospital and is expected to return home to New York this week, according to his family.

Joseph Meacham was shot on Nov. 24 at a home at 4204 Ferriday Court. Brandon Ross, 21, who lives at the home, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and remains in the Wake County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Doctors at Duke University Hospital called Joseph's recovery a miracle, said his cousin, Chris Meacham.

Ross was supervising Joseph and three other children, who ranged in age from 7 months old to 10 years old, and Ross left those children unattended after the shooting while he and a neighbor drove Joseph to WakeMed, according to a search warrant.

A witness told deputies that Ross had hidden the gun used in the shooting in the backyard of the home before going to the hospital, the search warrant states.

Joseph was resting at his aunt's house in Raleigh and would leave the area to head home to New York in a few days, Chris Meacham said.


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  • Barbara Sossomon Dec 1, 2015
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    Something about all of this is just off. I hope that the child is truly ok, but I cannot imagine a child being shot in the temple on Friday already out of the hospital. And this report changes hourly, it seems. Earlier today it was said that he and his family were already back in NY and that the child was 100% fine.

  • Tom Laurence Dec 1, 2015
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    Wonderful News! Way to go Joseph! May God bless you and your family, and may you continue to recover quickly.