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Wake deputies apprehend gun-toting youth

Posted September 22, 2011

— Wake County deputies took a juvenile into custody Thursday afternoon after shots were fired inside and outside a home near Wake Forest, authorities said.

A neighbor called deputies shortly before 1 p.m. to report the shots fired at 4412 Trayer Lane, and the teen ran into some nearby woods, authorities said.

Deputies blocked off the neighborhood, which is off Burlington Mills Road and Louisburg Road, and an air and ground search lasted more than an hour.

Gun-toting teen arrested Businessman detains youth after shots fired

The Rhymes & Reasons day care center, at 4905 Burlington Mill Road, was locked down during the search.

"(A deputy) stayed in the parking lot the whole time, and we felt very safe with him here. We were not afraid," owner Michelle Gay said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., an employee of Pearce Backhoe & Septic Tank, at 5008 Rogers Road in Rolesville, saw a boy walking toward the business holding a shotgun. He yelled at co-workers to get inside and close the door, and he then told the boy to lay down the gun.

The boy obeyed, and the man held him down until deputies arrived. They took the boy, whose name hasn't been released, into custody and seized the shotgun.

No one was hurt in the incident.

It was unclear whether the boy has a criminal record, but authorities said he was reported as a runaway earlier this month.


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  • superman Sep 23, 2011

    That is what happens when (1) you have a troubled kid (2) a shotgun in the house. You probably cant do much to control a troubled kid but you dont have to have a shotgun in the house that is not securely locked up.

  • TarheelTurtle Sep 23, 2011

    alacarte, you must know my friends then. The cops walked (tip toed, actually) right through their house, on their way to the woods. With the not-even 5 mth old baby sleeping in her jumper...Glad everyone is ok and hope this child gets the help he really needs.

  • alacarteautomotive Sep 22, 2011

    I was scared to death. I was at advanced auto, my wife was in Rolesville getting a prescription for my son who is sick today. I called her to see where whe was, and said Burlington is blocked off....anyway, everything is fine, but if you check the Sky 5 coverage that is me in the silver dodge, and that is my garden the sheriffs went past with M16s. Like I said, I know the kid, and never thought anything like this would ever happen....he was found with gun over on rogers road. i really hope he gets help.....but all is fine here...just a hella day. and I never thought I would get "swat team searched" today....WOW!

  • Sick N Tired Sep 22, 2011

    Gee, my SIL was wondering why the helicopter was hovering over her place. Now we know. Glad they caught him. Perhaps he can get the help he needs.

  • johnny2times Sep 22, 2011

    good job Deputies..glad everyone went home safe..Thank you.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Sep 22, 2011

    You all must have been scared to death!

    LOL poor people.

  • da Brute Sep 22, 2011

    That's what happens when, 1)you cannot flog your kids when they do wrong and 2)you let your your kids run wild like wild dogs. First off, this kid should have been in school...a school of some sort, or working.

  • whyalltheproblems Sep 22, 2011

    glad no one was hurt...hope the kid gets the help he needs. feel bad for his parents...

  • Ambygirl Sep 22, 2011

    alacarteautomotive- I am so sorry! You all must have been scared to death! I'm so glad they caught him. I just don't understand what is happeing to our kids today. There is just no sense of right or wrong anymore. Most people have absolutely no idea what will happen to them each and every day with the way our world is spinning out of control. Instances like this are just an everyday occurence anymore......

    Stay safe and my prayers go out to all of you.

  • alacarteautomotive Sep 22, 2011

    The "teen" is 15. This happened two doors away from us. I know the kid quite well actually. He is pretty troubled, although I never imagined it would come to this. Our whole neighborhood was on lockdown for a few hours until they caught him. no one was hurt thank goodness