Editor’s Note: Iredell County EMS initially reported the child was 2 years old.
IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A 3-year-old boy has died in the hospital after he was shot by his 5-year-old brother inside a car in Statesville, the sheriff’s office said.
The incident happened on Thursday, Aug. 31, along Fort Dobbs Road.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to the area for reports that a child had been shot. As deputies arrived, they found a neighbor performing CPR on the child.
Deputies took over CPR and medical care. It was determined that the 3-year-old boy had been shot inside a vehicle by his 5-year-old brother, they said.
Members of the Ebenezer Volunteer Fire Department and Iredell County EMS arrived and continued medical treatment of the toddler. The young boy was rushed to Iredell Memorial Hospital and then flown to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Tragically, the 3-year-old boy died at Baptist Hospital from his injuries later in the evening, the sheriff’s office said. The investigation remains ongoing.
“Please remember this family, along with all of the first responders who were at the scene and hospital, and keep them in your prayers in the coming days,” Sheriff Campbell said Friday.