Lumberton, North Carolina

From the Fayetteville Observer of October 16, 2007

Lumberton teen shot, in critical condition

A 15-year-old boy was shot Monday night after pointing a shotgun at a man’s house, according to authorities.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. near a residence on the 500 block of East 21st Street.

The 15-year-old is in critical condition at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

Investigators say the teenager was in a vehicle with four others. The driver parked the car next door to a residence. Four people, including the teen, got out of the car. The juvenile had a shotgun in his hand, said Sgt. Howard Reaves of the Lumberton Police Department.

Jeremy Locklear, 26, told lawmen he was sitting in his car in his driveway when he heard his dogs barking. He got out of his car to see what was going on when he saw the group near a building next to his residence. They came toward the house, and the teen pointed the shotgun in Locklear’s direction, Reaves said.

Locklear had a shotgun in his vehicle. He shot at the teenager, Reaves said. The teenager was struck on the right side with buck shots, he said.

The other men with the teen ran from the scene, he said. One person who remained in the car during the shooting was questioned by lawmen.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the men came to Locklear’s residence, Reaves said.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday.

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