CLAYTON – Seven juveniles were briefly detained by authorities Saturday afternoon before being turned over to their parents following an incident in the parking lot of Harris Teeter on Crossroads Way at Flowers Crossing.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to the call at 1:23pm Saturday. A 48 year-old woman and her 10 year-old son were walking through the parking lot to enter Harris Teeter when both were shot from behind with frozen orange gel pellets. It is a dangerous TikTok challenge with injuries being reported across the United States.
The woman said she noticed a group of several juveniles run after the incident. She gave chase and was aided by an off-duty State Trooper. A splatter ball gun was found near a pond.
There were unconfirmed reports several others were also shot in the parking lot as part of the “Orbeez challenge” but officers said they only took a report about one incident.
Deputies arrived and spoke with the seven juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 14, and then released them to their parents.
Officers are still investigating and have not determined if the teens will face charges in juvenile court.
The woman, who was struck several times in the head and face, and her juvenile son, was hit once in the neck. Both reportedly sustained minor injuries, however they declined medical treatment.