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Boy Clinging To Life After NC Church Playground Shooting

2:59 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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Four people were shot behind Word Tabernacle Church on Edwards Street in Rocky Mount Monday evening, police said. (Zac Gooch/WRAL)

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- A 12-year-old North Carolina boy remains in critical condition after being shot in the head while playing on a church playground.

Rocky Mount Police spokesman Cpl. Michael Lewis said Wednesday that the condition of Nyreek Horne remains unchanged a day after a gunman sprayed more than 15 bullets toward a crowd playing basketball behind the Word Tabernacle Church. Three other males, ages 13, 17 and 19 - were all treated and released.

Witnesses could provide only a vague description of the shooter, who ran away and was seen getting into a small, light-colored SUV. Rocky Mount police are asking residents to come forward with any information that might help lead them to a suspect.

The shooting came days after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed nearby.

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