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A teenager faces charges in connection to Friday’s accidental shooting that left a 5-year-old boy injured.
The 17-year-old suspect was charged on a juvenile petition with possession of a handgun by a minor, resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and shooting a firearm in the city limits, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.
Under a state law that took effect Dec. 1, defendants who are 16 and 17 years old are no longer charged as adults. Their identities are not disclosed because juvenile court proceedings are confidential.
The teen, who police say was a relative of the 5-year-old, was taken into secure custody, officials said.
The 5-year-old boy was released from the hospital Saturday, Stroud said.
On Friday, officers were dispatched to 817 Rountree St. around 4:25 p.m. in response to the incident. Multiple vehicles blocked the area near the home, which is located about a block east of the roundabout at Barton College’s campus.
Police said the 17-year-old accidentally shot the child.
Wilson County EMS medics brought the boy to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment Friday.
Police have not released details on how the accidental shooting occurred or described the child’s injuries.
Police ask anyone with information to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.