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Posted on: February 15, 2020

PRESS RELEASE (2-15-20): Benson Police Investigating Accidental Shooting



At approximately 2pm, Benson Police were dispatched to a reported shooting in the area of South Market Street and Chicopee Road in Benson. Upon arrival, a 15-year-old male was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the lower right leg.  

The shooting victim told officers he was shot at and wounded by unknown subjects in a passing vehicle and he was subsequently transported by EMS to a Wake County hospital for treatment. 

The investigation into this incident has determined, and the shooting victim has since admitted, that his injury occurred at a residence located at a nearby mobile home park, as a result of he and a friend looking at and handling a firearm.  

Benson Police Department investigators have interviewed the victim and his parent, and have also spoken to the alleged shooter, and at this time, this appears to have been entirely accidental in nature.  

The investigation is still in progress, but there is no indication at this time of any threat to public safety.  

No additional information will be made available, due to the ages of the involved parties.

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