GREENSBORO, N.C. — A 13-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by shooting on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro Monday afternoon, shortly after a parade in honor of Dr. King happened on that road.
Greensboro police say the shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. in the courtyard of a group of apartments near Tuscaloosa Street.
The 13-year-old was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in a private vehicle in critical condition. As of Monday night, police say he’s stable and his injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. Police have not identified boy.
FOX8 talked to two women who heard the shooting happen from inside a home on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They asked us not to show their faces on camera or use their names.
They say the most upsetting part of this situation is seeing gun violence affecting someone so young on a day meant to honor a man who preached non-violence.
“It was just like, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop.’ It was fast, just like four shots in a matter of seconds,” said one woman, describing hearing the shooting.
Police say the shooter fired multiple shots at a group of apartments. Only one bullet hit the 13-year-old.
The shooting happened less than an hour after a parade marched down that street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
“Why on MLK Day out of all days you want to do that? On his street that’s named after him. It’s just a disgrace,” the woman said.
That woman and her mother were inside a home when the shots went off. Their car was also hit by a stray bullet, with their sister sitting inside. She wasn’t hurt.
Those women told us someone who lived in one of the apartments was hosting a gathering in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They’d stopped by to get some food.
When the 13-year-old was shot, he ran inside that same home, where one of the women called 911.
“I hope the little boy is OK,” she said.
Police on scene said they don’t think the shooter targeted the boy.
“He must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, which is sad. It’s just sad,” the woman said.
Police say they don’t know who the shooter was after or why they’d pick a day of celebration to carry out violence.
“I really don’t know what would make someone do something like that,” one of the women added.
Police say they’re still looking for the suspect, or suspects, who were involved in the drive-by shooting. They’re asking anyone in the community with information to come forward.