Lumberton 12-year-old shot by booby trap
A 12-year-old boy was recovering from a shotgun wound he sustained from a booby trap in an unoccupied house, authorities said.Posted — Updated
Both boys ran outside after the incident. Joshua managed to run 100 yards before collapsing, his grandmother Retha Mae Locklear said Tuesday.
Six other devices were discovered in the house after police were called. All of the devices were dismantled with the help of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad. Joe Lenczyk, resident agent in charge of the Fayetteville office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said.
The traps were connected with fishing line to crude devices meant to hurt or kill anyone who tripped them, Lenczyk said. The shell that hit Joshua was filled with buckshot.
Sealey said the house hadn't been used in two years.
Lenczyk said ATF agents have interviewed the owner of the property, whose name has not been released. “We have no reason to believe the owner was responsible, but we haven’t decided that conclusively,” he said.
The owner son’s is a member of the military and is another person of interest, Lenczyk said.
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