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5-year-old boy shot in foot in Raleigh

Posted August 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2013 7:19 p.m. EDT

— Police said Monday that they have made no arrests in the shooting of a 5-year-old boy as he was walking with his dog in southeast Raleigh Sunday afternoon.

Investigators said the child was also with two adults – Javon Tyrell Williams, 20, and Dejuan Bryant Pearsall, 30 – in the 1800 block of Rock Quarry Road around 12:15 p.m. when a bullet hit him in the foot.

His injuries were not life-threatening, and he was being treated at WakeMed Monday afternoon, according to authorities.

"The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation, and arrests have not yet been made," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Investigators haven't offered a motive for the crime, but according to a 911 call, witnesses reported hearing as many as eight shots in a parking lot and then the boy screaming.

"They were walking from the store, and they got to shooting, so they took off running," a woman told a 911 dispatcher.

The boy was taken to the hospital by a neighbor, Aliya Winston, who said she heard banging on her door and opened it to find the boy's brother holding the child and asking for help.

Winston said she put the boy in her back seat and drove him and his mother to a local hospital.

"His mom was crying," she said. "I was panicking. I had nothing to do but to keep her encouraged and to try to keep him encouraged."

Anyone with information that might help detectives is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or go to www.raleighcrimestoppers.org to report a tip.