Witness said suspect hid gun in Wake boy’s shooting, but search fails to find it

Brandon Roy Ross
Brandon Roy Ross

The man accused of shooting a 7-year-old boy two days before Thanksgiving hid the gun in the backyard of the Wake County house where it happened, according to a witness account mentioned in a search warrant in the case.

Sheriff’s investigators, however, did not list a gun among the evidence they seized when searching 4204 Ferriday Court a few hours after a 911 call reported the boy had been shot. The search warrant does not identify the witness.

Brandon Roy Ross, 21, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The arrest warrant identifies the boy as Joseph Meacham, while the search warrant application identifies him as “J.K.”

He was shot in the head, according to Investigator J.T. Willis’ request for the search warrant. The search warrant says Ross and the boy are related but does not say how.

Ross and a neighbor drove the boy to WakeMed North hospital without waiting for deputies or EMS medics to arrive after the 911 call, officials have said. The boy later was moved to Duke University Hospital in Durham because of the serious of his injuries, they said.

According to Willis, the first deputies to get to the house found a 10-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 7-month-old alone. Ross “apparently had been supervising” them and the 7-year-old, Willis wrote.

One of the children told deputies that Ross and the boy were in a bedroom when the gun fired, and deputies found blood and a spent shell casing there, the application said.

The shooting was reported at 6:16 p.m. Nov. 24 in a neighborhood near the intersection of Watkins and Mitchell Mill roads. Willis and Investigator Darcy Weaver began searching the home about 10 p.m., according to the warrant returned to the Wake County court clerk’s office Monday.

The warrant lists the collected evidence as three cellphones found in the bedroom and two pieces of mail taken from a kitchen drawer.

In addition to the assault charge, Ross was charged with communicating threats and second-degree trespassing based on arrest warrants issued in Johnston County and with failing to appear at two earlier Wake court appearances on charges from 2013.

He is in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $106,000 bail. Ross has court appearances scheduled in Johnston County on Dec. 15 and in Wake County on Dec. 16 on the assault and the 2013 charges.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT