4 shot at NC church; boy, 12, critically wounded

CREATED Jan. 28, 2014

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) - Police in a North Carolina town are searching for a shooter who sprayed a church playground with gunfire, striking four youths playing basketball and critically wounding a 12-year-old boy.

The Rev. James Gailliard at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount says the shooting happened Monday shortly before 6 p.m., as neighborhood teens played basketball on courts behind the sanctuary.

The pastor says he heard more than 15 gunshots and then held a boy shot in the head until authorities arrived.

The child was taken to a hospital by helicopter, where he remained in critical condition. Police said the others shot - ages 13, 17 and 19 - were treated and released.

The shooting comes just more than a week after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed nearby.

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