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2 teens shot in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem police are investigating a shooting Thursday evening where two teenagers were injured.

The shooting was reported in the 3000 block of Gilmer Avenue Northeast. Police said the shooting took place in the street and the victims were taken to a home at 3059 Gilmer Ave.

The teens are both 15-year-old boys.

A neighbor, who told the Winston-Salem Journal he is best friends with the boys, said the two are related to each other and that one was shot in the chest and the other was shot in his upper thigh.

A normally quiet community, residents in Greenway Village were horrified by what played out in their front yards.

"Do I have to watch my back when I go outside now? I mean people are shooting teenagers in broad daylight in the street walking up and down the street like it's nothing," said Corey Griffin, a longtime Greenway Village resident.

Neighbors say kids are always outside playing, but this act of violence has people rethinking their safety.

"A lot of parents probably going to be outside with their kids. Probably won't let them stay outside long for the simple fact they don't want nothing like this happen to them and I don't blame them," Griffin said.

One juvenile is in critical but stable condition and the other is in stable condition, according to officers on the scene.

There is no word on what led up to the shooting. Officers said Friday that they are following up on a number of leads, but are not releasing any suspect information at this time.

Investigators say they've seen a recent increase in the number of calls reporting the discharge of firearms and they're trying to figure out if the cases are linked.

Gilmer Ave NE, Winston-Salem, NC 27105