Fayetteville, N.C. — A 16-year-old boy who was critically injured during a shooting at a Fayetteville apartment complex early Thursday has died, police said.
Fayetteville police identified the teen as Ashton Fox, who lived in the 5200 block of Foxfire Road, less than 3 miles away from where he was shot.
Police responded to a 12:30 a.m. emergency call at the Reserve at Carrington apartments, in the 4200 block of Tatum Drive, and found the critically injured teen.
According to investigators, Fox was shot during a fight among people who were attending a party. Witnesses told WRAL News that the gathering was a pool party being held at the apartment complex's clubhouse.
A neighbor said he saw between 50 and 100 people scatter following the shooting and that he saw two cars leave the scene.
Maryam James, who lives in the apartment complex and has worked as a medic, said she rushed to help the injured teen after being alerted to the incident by her daughter.
"It was a boy lying down, and he had been shot in the head," James said. "He was breathing."
James said another fight broke out behind her while she waited on emergency personnel to arrive.
"There's just hysteria – bottles breaking. I don't know what else is going on," she said. "I don't know who is the shooter. I'm just trying to make sure (the shooting victim) doesn't stop breathing in the middle of all this chaos."
No arrests have been made. James said she won't easily forget what happened.
"It's in your home. Your children could have gotten shot," she said. "You have to walk by this blood stain all the time."
A spokeswoman with Cumberland County schools said Fox attended Westover High School, where he played basketball.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was briefly locked down after the shooting. Hospital administrators then put the facility on diversion status, which meant it stopped accepting new patients in the emergency room. Officials told WRAL News that the lockdown and diversion were not related.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.