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7-year-old shot; homeowner charged with assault

Posted November 24, 2015
Updated November 25, 2015

— Wake County sheriff's deputies blanketed a northeast Raleigh neighborhood Wednesday and found a gun they believe was used to shoot a 7-year-old Tuesday night.

The owner of the home at 4204 Ferriday Court, 21-year-old Brandon Ross, was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the shooting of 7-year-old Joseph Meacham.

He was being held in the Wake County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

It was not clear how Ross and Meacham are related.

Police were called to the home at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, but they found the boy had been taken to WakeMed North in a private vehicle. The child was transferred from there to Duke Hospital where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday afternoon.

"When we arrived on the scene, the child had already left," said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

On Wednesday, deputies were working to determine how the child was shot, who was in the home at the time and who was responsible for the children there.

Harrison said three other children, ranging in age from 7 months to 10 years old, and three adults were present at the time of the shooting.


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  • Barrett Powell Nov 25, 2015
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    Now common WRAL. You did the whole big investigative story on how law abiding citizens were "circumnavigating" the law in order to get "High Power" weapons (NOT). How about a story on how this person obtained his weapon and even if he is allowed to legally own one. I'm betting the answer is NO but once again doesn't meet the narrative.

  • Jim Frei Nov 25, 2015
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    Is Brandon Ross a Syrian refugee? Protect us, Pat.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 25, 2015
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  • Barbara Sossomon Nov 25, 2015
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    Being charged with assault, did he shot a 7 year old child in the head on purpose??? How sad.

  • Chase Truman Nov 25, 2015
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  • Tandy Dawgy Nov 25, 2015
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    Bless your heart.

  • El Conquistador Nov 25, 2015
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    Looking at those tattoos I wonder if he's a gang member?

  • Ginny Pospisil Nov 25, 2015
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    Yeah, not white on white, not black on white, not white on black. Who cares? It APPEARS to be a domestic, family accident or dispute. Race really SHOULDN'T matter. It wasn't cops involved. SMH. And no rebuttal to ignorance. Period.

  • Freda Kerr Nov 25, 2015
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    Race baiting first thing in the morning, aren't we (smh).......

  • Victoria Clark Nov 25, 2015
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    How do you write a page without much detail?