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13-Year-Old Shot in Sanford Home

Posted March 1, 2008 8:44 p.m. EST
Updated March 2, 2008 6:05 p.m. EST

— A Saturday afternoon turned violent for teenaged cousins when they managed to get hold of a gun, and one boy was shot in the head.

Police said two 13-year-old boys were inside a house at 630 N. Steele St. playing video games. The cousins somehow came into contact with a gun, and it went off at about 4 p.m., police said. One of the boys was shot in the forehead.

The victim's father and the other boy's stepfather were in the back yard when the shooting happened.

Police said when they arrived the victim was unresponsive.

“You do your job the best you can, yet you try to console the parents there too,” Capt. David Smith, with the Sanford Police Department, said.

The victim was transported by helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Police said the boy was from the Sanford area but did not release his name and condition.

The other 13-year-old lived at the house where the shooting occurred.

Police spent around six hours at the house investigating Saturday evening.

Using what looked to be a metal detector, officers combed through a wooded area in the backyard. Police would not say exactly what they were looking for.

No charges were filed in the incident.