Juvenile Accidentally Shot By Friend Handling Firearm

Benson Police said they quickly determined a 911 call reporting a drive by shooting this afternoon wasn’t true. At 1:54pm Saturday, officers were dispatched to the area of South Market Street and Chicopee Road . Upon arrival, a 15-year-old male was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the lower right leg

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

Following an investigation, police said the shooting victim admitted that his injury occurred 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. Officers said this appears to have been entirely accidental in nature.

The investigation is still ongoing. Police do not plan to release any additional information due to the victim and suspect both being juveniles.