2 questioned after toddler shot in NC home

The scene outside the home where the shooting happened on Sunday morning. WNCT photo

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) –  Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that left a 3-year-old boy injured in a shooting in a home on Sunday morning.

At approximately 10 a.m., officers responded to 503-B Battle Street in Greenville.

The boy was in the house when he was shot in the groin area. Family and neighbors say they’re surprised and devastated.

“It hurts; it hurts, because it could have been my child over there playing this morning,” explained neighbor Letricia Brown.

Brown says she woke up this morning to chaos seeing her street covered with crime scene tape and cop cars everywhere.

Brown said, “I saw the little boy in the ambulance but he was holding up his hands like he was in pain and he wanted someone to hold his hands.”

The boy was taken to Vidant Medical Center with non- life threatening injuries. Police searched a car near the home, snapped pictures of the scene, and took two people in for questioning.

“All I kept thinking about is it could be kids over there. Not only do I have a son, I have a three year old daughter too,” Brown said.

She says her two kids and the injured little boy ride bikes and are always playing outside.

“He’s just close, he comes over here and asks for juice and chips and I just do not understand,” Brown said of the little boy who was shot.

Other neighbors are shocked as well.

“It’s terrible, it’s terrible. That wasn’t supposed to happen,” Johnne Jones Harper said.

Brown says she’ll be keeping her children close.

“They’ll be staying in the yard for now. No, I do not feel comfortable with him going down there anymore,” Brown explained.

Police say the shooting was accidental but they haven’t found the gun.

Police also said the boy and his mother did not live at the home. He may have to undergo surgery and is expected to recover.

The person who shot the boy has not yet been identified.

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