12-year-old NC girl recovering after getting shot in home invasion

Scene of the shooting (John Sparks/WBTV)

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) – A 12-year-old girl is still recovering in the hospital after she was shot during a home invasion in Gastonia Saturday night.

Police said the girl was shot in the knee on Red Tip Lane near Amber Crest Drive. She is expected to make a full recovery, as the injury was non-life threatening.

Neighbors are in disbelief a child was the victim in this crime.

“Why was the kid getting shot? It don’t make sense,” said Diane Morton, who lives just down the street, and heard the gunfire.

A Gastonia Police Department official says the incident happened around 9 p.m. Saturday. After the suspect broke into the home, he shot the girl in the leg before fleeing. The girl was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

Charles Faulkner is also a neighbor who heard the gunfire.

“Somebody said, ‘Shot! Somebody is shot!”

Faulkner has lived on Red Tip Lane for more than 40 years. He says this kind of violent incident almost never happens in his neighborhood. In fact, he said the last time there was a shooting there was in the mid-90s.

“Quiet, real quiet. Most everybody here has been here for a real long time. You watch it on the news, but you don’t expect it right here on your own street,” Faulkner said.

Neighbors say there are several unanswered questions after Saturday night’s incident.

“What was it all about? Was it personal? Was it a random thing? What happened? We need to know. We need to catch this person and find out what’s going on,” Faulkner said.

At this point, the suspect is still on the run, something that scares Morton.

“Wondering where he could be at right now. He could be out in the woods or whatever, hiding out. There’s woods out that way. Very scary.”

Detectives with the Gastonia Police Department are still investigating, and have yet to release a description of the suspect or vehicle.

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