WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Police are investigating a shooting at 1111 E 15th St. in Winston-Salem, after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot a 4-year-old boy Friday, authorities said.
When officers arrived at the house, they found the 4-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. The boy was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He is currently in stable condition.
According to police, the older boy was retrieving a pair of shoes from a downstairs closet when he found the small caliber rifle, police said. The boy then fired the gun, hitting the younger boy. The two boys are not related.
According to FOX8 Reporter Lindsey Eaton, a babysitter was at home at the time of the incident, along with two other children between 9 months and 5-years-old.
“Kids are curious when they find something they are going to investigate and go further and that’s when bad things happen,” said Lt. Rob Cozart with the Winston-Salem Police Department.
Erika Caldwell lives two doors down from where the shooting happened. Caldwell’s son goes to school with the 5-year-old boy.
“[They are] very, very lucky. Both of the children are short in height. It could’ve been worse, real worse,” Caldwell said.
Police are still investigating. Charges are pending.
This is a developing story.