HIGH POINT, N.C. — A 14-year-old is facing charges after a 16-year-old was hit by gunfire in High Point Saturday afternoon.
At 3:15 p.m., High Point police responded to a report that a person was shot in a drive-by shooting at 506-A Steele St.
The teenager suffered a wound to the left leg.
According to police, the 16-year-old was talking to neighbors in his driveway when someone in a green Mercedes drove down Steel Street and shot at the group five times.
Brenda Patterson says her son was outside at the time.
“I heard this pop, pop, pop,” Patterson said. “I get to the door and open it and my son falls in and says ‘they are shooting at us,’”
Police say the residence at 506-B Steele St. was also struck.
No other injuries were reported.
Patterson is thankful things weren’t worse.
“My neighbor has babies over there,” Patterson said. “Anyone of those babies could've been hit. She could've been hit. She's an elderly lady, sweet lady. Anything could've gone south. My son could've been hit. Thank God he wasn't.”
At about 6:25 p.m., officers found a suspect and attempted a traffic stop.
When the driver would not pull over, police began pursuit.
The suspect vehicle ended up crashing into a street sign at the intersection of Greer Avenue and Cloverdale Street.
People got out of the car and ran away.
Officers arrested the driver, who was 14-years-old, and Daniel I. Gelzer, 18, of High Point, who was a passenger.
The driver was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm in city limits and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.
Gelzer was charged with resist, delay and obstruct a police officer.
Officials do not plan to release the juvenile suspect’s name or mugshot.
Patterson believes she may know who the 14-year-old is.
“It really breaks my heart because he's been in my home,” Patterson said. “He's eaten with us. He's gone to church with us.”
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 336-889-4000.