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A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized after Wilson police say a teenage relative injured him in an accidental shooting Friday afternoon.
Wilson County EMS medics took the boy to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment. Police say the child was in stable condition Friday night.
A 17-year-old boy accidentally shot the victim, Wilson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Stroud said.
Officers were dispatched to 817 Rountree St. around 4:25 p.m. The brick home is about a block east of the roundabout at Barton College’s campus.
A paramedic carried the 5-year-old boy out of the home in a blue sheet and placed him on a stretcher.
At least a dozen Wilson police cruisers and a forensic unit responded, blocking Rountree Street between Fleming Street and Raleigh Road.
The boy, who was conscious and looking around, was wheeled to an ambulance and taken to Wilson Medical Center before being transferred to the Vidant hospital, a designated trauma center.
Neighbors on both sides of the street stood in their front yards watching as police officers cordoned off the scene with yellow and black tape.
A young man who appeared to be in his late teens left the scene with a police investigator.
After the ambulance left, police officers consoled a woman who ran toward the Rountree Street home from Raleigh Road and was distraught upon learning of the child’s injuries.
Stroud said police are still investigating the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.