Randolph Co. mother outraged after 9-year-old son shot by air rifle in drive-by

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TRINITY, N.C. -- A Randolph County mother is outraged after she says someone shot her 9-year-old son with an air-powered rifle in a drive-by shooting.

Caleb Allred, 9, of Trinity, was playing with his brother in the front yard of his family's home on Sumner Road on Friday, June 20.

One of the boys hit a golf ball across the street into some tall grass. It was their only ball, so they went to look for it.

That's when Caleb's mother, Lisa, says she saw a late 1990s or early 2000s model Ford Ranger, with a pinstripe along the side, coming up the road.

"That Ford Ranger, he came through, he swerved a little over onto the other side of the road," said Lisa.

That's when Lisa says the driver pointed some sort of air-powered rifle at Caleb and pulled the trigger, hitting him in the leg.

"I heard the pop, said to myself 'what was that?' Looked and saw him flinch," she said.

Some experts say some modern day air-powered rifles can fire projectiles up to 1,500 feet per second. They say air-powered rifles can cause similar damage to a .22 caliber rifle. At first, that's exactly what Lisa thought it was.

"All I could think at the time was he shot my son," the mother said. "I come running off the porch, we met about half way and he was screaming."

Caleb says he made eye contact with the driver, who he says had short black hair. As he drove away, Caleb says, the driver smiled.

"How he can look at a 9-year-old and know he shot him, and then smile at him is beyond me," said Lisa. "I can't even describe to you the anger and then the fear."

The mother says there is a surveillance camera on a business across the street, which did catch the vehicle on video.

However, she says Randolph County Sheriff's officials told her they could not see the license plate because the tailgate on the truck was down. Therefore, she is asking for the public's help in identifying the people responsible.

Caleb did not need medical treatment, but Lisa says if the projectile had hit Caleb somewhere else, it could have been much worse.

"Eye, temple, anything. I mean, it could have probably killed my child," said Lisa.

Lisa says the driver had a passenger in the car with him. They believe both of the people in the truck were in their late teens or early 20s.

Lisa says sheriff's officials told her the people responsible could face charges of assault on a minor.



    If they are soliciting the publics help in finding the truck and the driver and all they have is a photo of the truck, why doesn’t someone post the picture of the truck??? It isn’t rocket surgery people!!!!

    • Faithc

      Hahaha you act like you are intellectually superior to someone and then claim that you can do surgery on a rocket. You’re almost as smart as me!!!

      • sinner 3

        DUUH !! Faith rocket surgery and brain science are often used to show how simple something really is ! Get a damm clue !

      • FaithC

        Out of the 6 comments so fat 4 of them are from the same person.
        1SHOT1KILL – stinger90 – sinner 3 and the comment under my name. We all know you are the same sick, sorry person. We all know that most of the nasty comment here are from you. Get a life.

  • stinger90

    Glad it was pellet gun. Still doesn’t make that right and the fact he could’ve been seriously hurt

  • Curious

    It was a BB gun and it didn’t cause an actual injury. How is this news? More damage could have been done with someone throwing a rock, but instead we have to hear about “gun violence” when there was no gun involved.

    • Chucky

      Think again. Some pellet guns are quite capable of injuring a person and gun or pellet gun, this was a drive by shooting. Much like the “knock-out game”, this could be something that happens again if this person is not caught and innocent people can be hurt. The next time a person could be hit in the eye or the pellet could penetrate the body and cause serious injury.

  • Chucky

    They have enough of a description that they will find out who did this and someone will be charged. People who do stuff like this seldom are able to keep it to themselves and end up bragging or joking about it. Even if they don’t do that, a family member, friend or acquaintance will see the story and know who it was.

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