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Toddler back home after being shot in drive by

Posted April 12, 2009
Updated April 13, 2009

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— Robeson County authorities continue to investigate a March 22 drive-by shooting that wounded Tayshawn Walters, 2.

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Duke University Hospital released Tayshawn this past weekend. He will have to undergo three months of physical therapy.

“He's a little survivor. He's my little hero,” said Barbara McLaurin, Tayshawn's grandmother.

Tayshawn was at his other grandmother's house, 171 Von St., off U.S. Highway 301 in the Saddletree neighborhood north of Lumberton, when he was shot in the back. The boy was living there with his father, Montay Walters, his mother, Cherika McKinnon, and his brother, authorities said.

McKinnon said she had her son on her lap while working on the computer when the gunfire erupted outside.

“She says she tried to protect him. She got him onto the floor. I guess when she got back off of him, she realized that he was shot,” McLaurin said.

Authorities say they believe someone drove by and shot at least six times at the home and at parked cars. The bullet that hit Tayshawn pierced a nerve. He now has trouble moving his right arm.

“He didn't deserve to get shot,” McLaurin said. “I just wish today that God would put it in someone's heart that if they have any kind of information about this, to come forward."

McLaurin says the family has since moved out of the Von Street home and in with her.

“I thank God that my grandson is still living, that he is still here,” McLaurin said.

Authorities haven't released details about a motive for the shooting or possible suspects.

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  • 37 Apr 13, 2009

    What part of the body is the "drive by"?

  • ambidextrous cat Apr 13, 2009

    The grandmother looks like the mother, and the mother looks like the boys' sister. Perhaps people should stop having children at such young ages!

  • Thinkaboutitfirst Apr 13, 2009

    So where does the drug money taken from the perps go?

  • ncrebel Apr 13, 2009

    "A 2 year old baby was shot and you are thinking about money???
    NCworkingwoman"

    I am concerned when tax dollars are continually used to susidise emergency rooms. If you want to donate your hard earned dollars, be my guest. I am certain this was not random.

  • NCworkingwoman Apr 13, 2009

    "I wonder who paid the Duke Hospital bill?" - ncrebel

    A 2 year old baby was shot and you are thinking about money???

  • ncrebel Apr 13, 2009

    I wonder who paid the Duke Hospital bill?

  • wlfpak30 Apr 13, 2009

    Did anyone notice how young the grandmother looked on the news? What about the mother, she didn't even look 16!

    WRAL noon news made it sound gang related . . . I'll have to agree given the limited information. People don't just randomly shoot at your house, they were targets.

    Glad the little boy wasn't hurt

  • colliedave Apr 13, 2009

    Hmmm, I wonder what the motive for someone to drive by a specific residence and begin shooting could be?????????

    Could it be that someone who lives in the house has ticked-off the gangbanger who did the shooting and the intended target and the shooter are dealing drugs?

    Will Rev. Barber protest this shooting with the same vigor he did the incedent at NCSU? Nah,it's easier to play the victim than to be proactive and work at solving a real problem.

  • claptonluvr Apr 13, 2009

    Hmmm, I wonder what the motive for someone to drive by a specific residence and begin shooting could be?????????

  • arljsl Apr 13, 2009

    Thank goodness that the little boy is ok...I just don't understand why people want to shoot at other people..Hopefully the police will catch who done this to that cute little boy and make them serve some time for attempted murder!!!!

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