Update: Teen shot in Salisbury on Saturday expected to recover

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 9:49 AM EDT
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - A 14-year-old who was shot on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury is expected to recover.

Police say the shooting happened outside at a location on West Bank Street just before 3 p.m. There was a gathering of several people at the location prior to the shooting. The teen was shot with a handgun.

The teen was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. On Monday, police said the victim should be okay.

The investigation is continuing. Police say they believe they have leads on a suspect in the case. It was not a random shooting, officers said.

“When shootings happen we hear an outcry of what should have been done and what needs to be done,” said Gemale Black, the president of the Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of the NAACP. “There are many solutions; however, the goal is that we must all work together to address the issue of gun violence.”

The Salisbury-Rowan NAACP and Salisbury Police Department created the Salisbury Cease Fire initiative as a solution to address gun violence in Salisbury. The Salisbury Cease Fire initiative is patterned after the Cure Violence model of policing which identifies violence as a public health issue an develops data-driven strategies to combat the issue.

“Our plea is for community members to join Salisbury Cease Fire to educate others, walk with us to talk about Salisbury Cease Fire and don’t be afraid to speak up and out when things are happening,” Black added. “Bullets have no name. It can happen to us, our loved ones or our friends. We have to do more than just talk about it, we have to continue to be in the streets and do the work that needs to be done.”

Anyone interested in learning more about how to get involved or to become a de-escalator can contact the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP at or visit //

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Drakeford at 704-638-5333.

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