Fayetteville teen shot while sibling unloads gun
Posted July 9, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. — Less than 24 hours after Fayetteville’s police chief called on the public to notify officers of children carrying firearms, a 14-year-old boy was shot Wednesday morning while his 15-year-old sibling attempted to unload a handgun.
The incident happened at 787 Broadmore Drive at approximately 11:39 a.m., police said. The injured boy was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Investigators said the weapon was not stolen but have not said how the 15-year-old obtained the handgun or whether any adults will be charged.
Fayetteville police Chief Harold Medlock’s call came during a rally on Tuesday where hundreds gathered outside the Cumberland County Courthouse to demand an end to youth violence in the city. The rally was organized after series of youth-involved killings, including the death of 19-year-old Ravon Jordan, who spoke out against violence but then killed during a gang shootout in June.
"If you know someone, especially a child, who is carrying an illegal firearm, you call us, and we'll come and get it,” Medlock said during the rally. ”No questions asked."