Police: 4-year-old NC boy critical after home invasion shooting

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. —

A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition Tuesday morning after a home invasion robbery near Fayetteville.

Investigators said a man with a gun broke into the home and tried to force his way into a bedroom.

When the suspect couldn’t get in, police said he fired a gun hitting the child.

“It’s sad day when an innocent 4-year-old is sitting in a bedroom, not fully cognizant of what is going on, and then all of the sudden a bullet goes off,” said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton.  “This is uncalled for, totally uncalled for. I beg anyone with information to let us know.”

Deputies are still searching for the gunman.