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Wake deputies apprehend gun-toting youth

Posted September 22, 2011 3:17 p.m. EDT
Updated September 22, 2011 6:39 p.m. EDT

— Wake County deputies took a juvenile into custody Thursday afternoon after shots were fired inside and outside a home near Wake Forest, authorities said.

A neighbor called deputies shortly before 1 p.m. to report the shots fired at 4412 Trayer Lane, and the teen ran into some nearby woods, authorities said.

Deputies blocked off the neighborhood, which is off Burlington Mills Road and Louisburg Road, and an air and ground search lasted more than an hour.

The Rhymes & Reasons day care center, at 4905 Burlington Mill Road, was locked down during the search.

"(A deputy) stayed in the parking lot the whole time, and we felt very safe with him here. We were not afraid," owner Michelle Gay said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., an employee of Pearce Backhoe & Septic Tank, at 5008 Rogers Road in Rolesville, saw a boy walking toward the business holding a shotgun. He yelled at co-workers to get inside and close the door, and he then told the boy to lay down the gun.

The boy obeyed, and the man held him down until deputies arrived. They took the boy, whose name hasn't been released, into custody and seized the shotgun.

No one was hurt in the incident.

It was unclear whether the boy has a criminal record, but authorities said he was reported as a runaway earlier this month.