Sanford, N.C. — A 14-year-old boy was released from a hospital Monday, one day after being shot while sleeping in his Sanford home.
Charles McIver Jr. still has bullet fragments lodged in his ankle, thigh and buttocks, according to his mother, and family members said they believe his older brother was the intended target of the gunman.
McIver's brother, Trevor Dion Rader, 22, has a lengthy criminal record and was released from prison last month on various drug and weapons charges.
Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies said they have no leads in the shooting, but they said they don't believe it was a random crime – only a random victim.
"My personal feeling is that the 14-year-old was just an innocent bystander. He just happened to be lying in the bed," sheriff's Lt. Van Holly said.
Almost 30 shell casings were found on South Plank Road, and 19 bullets hit the McIver house at about 5 a.m. Sunday.
"It really bothers me to know that someone would come and shoot up someone's home, regardless of whether you have a vendetta against them or not," said Ricky Frazier, who is McIver's uncle and lives next door. "It was very devastating and very heart-shattering to know that it was that close by."
Frazier said his wife managed to see the car from her bedroom window but could not get a description.
"She saw the car going down the road and saw the fire apparently coming from the muzzle of the guns," he said.