Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged a 21-year-old man late Tuesday in the shooting of a 7-year-old boy at a house at 4204 Ferriday Court, northeast of Raleigh.
Brandon Roy Ross, who lives at the house, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on Joseph Meacham. Ross also was served with warrants from Johnston County officials accusing him of communicating threats and trespassing.
Meacham was not thought to live at the house.
The Wake sheriff’s office said deputies responded to a call at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday and were told that Meacham had been taken by private vehicle to WakeMed North hospital.
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The boy was later taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Three other children – ages 10, 4 and 7 months – were at the home when the shooting occurred, along with the victim’s mother and a 17-year-old and Ross, officials said.
Meacham’s condition was not disclosed.
Officials have not said if they knew what led to the incident.