CLINTON, N.C. — Seasonal farm workers were apparently targeted in four burglaries and the shooting of a 4-year-old that occurred this weekend in Sampson County, according to WRAL.
The 4-year-old boy was shot around 10:30 p.m. Friday when deputies say a suspect tried breaking into a mobile home on Plantation Lane. Deputies said the suspect fired a gun through a bedroom door which he couldn’t get through, striking the boy. The boy’s father chased the gunman from the home, but the suspect made off in a waiting vehicle.
The boy was driven by his family to Sampson Regional Medical Center. He was later flown to an undisclosed hospital, where WRAL reported he was in critical condition and on life support as of late Sunday evening.
Within minutes of the shooting, deputies say they received reports of a burglary at a labor camp at 2285 Turkey Highway. Deputies told WRAL that three armed men broke into the camp and stole a large television.
Two more burglaries were reported Saturday night. According to WRAL, all four cases involved migrant workers. The victims were preparing to move in two of the cases, the station reports.
Investigators would not say if they believe the four cases are definitely related.
No ample suspect descriptions were available.
The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office is holding a news conference regarding the burglaries at 2 p.m. Monday.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (910) 592-4141.