Teen in critical condition after shooting at Rocky Mount basketball court
Posted January 28, 2014
Rocky Mount, N.C. — A 12-year-old was in critical condition Tuesday after he and three others were shot on a Rocky Mount basketball court.
Four teens, the 12-year-old was the youngest, were shot on the court behind Word Tabernacle Church on Edwards Street at about 6 p.m. Monday evening, police said.
The other victims, ages 13, 17 and 19, were treated for minor injuries and released Monday night from Nash General Hospital.
Police had only a vague description of the shooter, whom they said ran to a light blue, small SUV parked nearby and fled the scene.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111. Tips can be texted to RMPOL (76765). Include the word "crimes" in the message.
The church held a community information session and prayer vigil Tuesday at noon, and was planning a public forum on gun and gang violence and other related issues. That forum has yet to be scheduled.
In a statement, church leaders said the teens were not church members, but that the public courts were provided as a safe place to play for for the community.
"It is regrettable to us as a faith community that this trust has been violated. We are actively ministering to every family involved and are continuing to work closely with these families, law enforcement and city officials," the church's statement said.