Rocky Mount High student shot with ‘small projectile’ on campus, police say

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – Rocky Mount police are trying to figure out what led to a teenager being shot during baseball practice Thursday at Rocky Mount High School.

For any parent, hearing that news is unnerving. For Amal Shehadeh, it’s especially unnerving knowing that her son attends the school and she lives across the street from the baseball field.

“We sit outside almost every day, me and my kids, my little daughter,” she said. “What if we were outside? I see them play baseball, dodgeball, even tennis. They play almost every day.”

Her son, Khaled Shehadeh, says the student who was shot, a boy, was a big topic at school.

“I’m very worried because you’ve got all these cars going through,” he said. “I don’t know what they’ve got inside the car.”

The Nash-Rocky Mount School system says the student, a 15-year-old, was struck by an object and went to the hospital. Eventually, it was determined to be a gunshot wound.

A Rocky Mount Police spokesman said police gathered information overnight and released it to the public as soon as police knew what happened.

Police are also looking into reports of people in the woods near the field on ATVs, possibly hunting.

A spokeswoman for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools said the boy was not targeted.

“The local authorities they’re working with our SRO, our school resource officer, basically making sure they patrol the area,” said Patricia Hollingsworth, chief communication officer with Nash-Rocky Mount Schools.

Amal Shehadeh hopes police figure out what happened soon.

“I’m concerned about my child,” she said. “I’m concerned about everybody’s child.”

Police said the boy reported having a pain in his neck but his injuries are not life-threatening and the Hollingsworth said he is recovering at home.

Anyone with information is asked to give Rocky Mount Police a call.

The Rocky Mount Police Department is seeking information from any witness who may have been in the area at the time of this incident. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Lt. Seighman at 252-972-1455. You may also utilize Text-A-Tip by texting RMPOL and your message to CRIMES (274637); your text completely anonymous.

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