Police: 9-year-old shot, seriously injured in Gastonia

No suspects have been identified yet.
The community is speaking out after a boy was shot and seriously injured inside his home.
Published: Aug. 20, 2022 at 9:57 AM EDT
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured in Gastonia during a shooting Friday night.

Police say the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home on West Fourth Avenue, close to West Garrison Boulevard.

Gastonia Police Department tweeted out that they think the shots were fired from outside of the home.

Neighbors could hear the shots being fired from down the street.

“I have 28 grandkids,” neighbor Robert Knight said. “So I thought about, it could’ve been us. You know what I’m saying? It could’ve been anybody.”

Police say that the boy’s parents were inside the home when the shooting happened.

They also say that the bullet struck the boy in the face. He is in the hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-861-8000.

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