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Student shot outside Jack Britt High School

Posted April 15, 2010

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— A 15-year-old student was wounded by gunfire while standing outside Jack Britt High School Wednesday evening, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

The student suffered a minor, non-life-threatening injury, and doctors said a projectile grazed but did not penetrate her skin, said Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

The student said that she was waiting outside after drama practice when she heard a snapping sound and felt pain in her upper thigh, Tanna said. Her mother picked her up, and EMS workers were called to their home in the Hunters Crossing subdivision later that evening. The victim's mother drove her to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Detectives said it is unlikely this was a drive-by shooting. Investigators believe it is possible that someone might have fired a handgun in the air, and the projectile came down where the student was, Tanna said. A .22-caliber bullet can travel up to 2 miles after it is shot.

The victim and her mother asked that the incident not be investigated further, Tanna said.

The sheriff's office sought to reassure parents concerned for their children's safety.

"At this time, there is no indication that anyone's life is threatened by the incident," Tanna said in a release Thursday.


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  • Dea2 Apr 16, 2010

    There is no investigation because the family asked that there not be one. It was a freak accident, not criminal activity.

    Yes it is a problem because even if a gun is "only" shot into the air the bullet must come down somewhere, and sometimes it hits someone.

    yes the girl is very lucky it didn't land on her head or shoulder. We all know it, and no one is downplaying it. What we are saying is that it is NOT the huge gang related shooting story that it was first made out to be.

    No one said that it wasn't dangerous. Maybe the people who shot this bullet into the air will come forward to apologize to the family. That would be the decent, Christian, thing to do.

  • familyfour Apr 16, 2010

    Well......since it hit her on the leg, and not the head, or face, there was no danger.


    Yes, I know I am yelling.

  • r u crazy too Apr 15, 2010

    I've been "shot", too. Even if there is/was no intent, or injury, it's still an unnerving experience.

  • ranquick Apr 15, 2010

    I can't belive how they tried to tie this into a school deal, NO ONE where the shot came from, no one saw anyone, far as we know this shot could have came froma couple miles away from school. Someone is alsway looking for a way to say something bad about guns....WHY? Guns do not harm or kill, people harm and kill!

  • r u crazy too Apr 15, 2010

    someone minding their own business gets "shot" and there is no concern? No investigation? just another day? Am I missing something?

  • Dea2 Apr 15, 2010

    Jack Britt is in the middle of a bunch of farmland/wooded area with some subdivisions thrown in for good measure, right on the edge of Fayetteville City limits along the Hoke County line. The popular consensous is that the gun was shot into the air and the bullet came down in the exact wrong spot. No harm was intended, no one was targeted, there was no driveby, and the girl was at the school that late at night for a legitimate reason. Most importantly, the girl is going to be fine and was back in school today.
    As a JBHS mom I had no qualms or concerns about sending my son off to class today.

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  • dy_by_dx Apr 15, 2010

    Remarkable bit of journalism to exaggerate this near innocuous news from last evening into a sensational gun/school Top Story of today.

  • Fishman Apr 15, 2010

    Everyone's life is threatened as long as there are morons with guns out there. From what I have seen lately there is no shortage of morons.