On Wednesday, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department responded to a 5-year-old child who was shot in the arm near the T-Mobile store.
Chief Bobby Martin said at about 3 p.m., RRPD was notified of a disturbance that took place at the T-Mobile at 262 Premier Blvd., where a subject was seen with a bloody shirt getting into a white vehicle.
Martin said officers responded to the area and, while en route, was notified the individuals were heading toward ECU Health North Hospital regarding a 5-year-old male who received a gunshot wound to the left arm. He said his department is investigating the incident, and the child is in stable condition but will be airlifted to another facility due to the injuries and the child’s young age.
Martin said the only individuals the department has at the moment are the two adults who were in and near the vehicle. He said one adult was in the vehicle and the other was outside when the incident occurred.
“Right now we are still working on it and that’s all we have,” he said. “We know that the child is in stable condition right now, but he is being transferred due to injuries.”
Martin said nobody shot at the vehicle. He asked the public to hold off on any judgment before drawing any conclusions.
“It’s unfortunate that we have a 5-year-old child that has received these types of injuries, but we always look into incidents thoroughly, and we’re trying to make sure that we investigate it in the proper manner,” Martin said. “If anybody was out in that area, around three o’clock and may have seen something or heard something, we do ask that they contact the Roanoke Rapids Police Department at 252-533-2810.”