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9-year-old shot in the neck, Winston-Salem police report
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9-year-old shot in the neck, Winston-Salem police report

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Winston-Salem Police responded Wednesday night to a report of a child who sustained a gunshot wound. The shooting occurred at 206 Forest Hills Ave. following an argument between two adults, police said.

A 9-year-old boy was struck once in the neck while he was in a vehicle attempting to leave the area, said police Lt. Gregory Dorn. Several gunshots reported.

Dorn said the shooting occurred at about 9:15 p.m.

According to police, the car's driver realized the boy was shot after fleeing the area. Dorn said the vehicle was involved in an accident near Northcliffe Drive and North Point Boulevard while leaving the site of the argument.

The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital and was listed in critical but stable stable condition, police said Thursday morning.

“... Nothing vital was struck,” Dorn said. “God was definitely looking over them last night. But it was horrible anyway.”

Dorn was unsure about the cause of the argument. However, police have a suspect, and the investigation is ongoing, he said. 

“I know our patrol investigators worked on it throughout the night. They do have some leads they're following up on,” Dorn said. “And our Violent Firearms Investigation Team has taken over the investigation this morning."

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