CMPD: 8-year-old shot while playing outside in west Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE - Police are looking for the men who they said shot a 8-year-old boy in the leg on Father's Day.

Investigators said the boy was playing outside near his house on Toddville Road in northwest Charlotte when three or four men in a white car drove by and fired a shot.

Police don't believe the boy was an intended target and said many people were outside when the shooting happened.

One neighbor said about 30 minutes before the shooting, the boy had asked him for some duct tape to fix a basketball hoop.

"I was going to the store and told him I would buy some duct tape," said Stanley Faulkner, who knows the boy and lives near where the shooting happened. "When I got back he had been shot in leg near the stop sign."

Another neighbor said he heard the gunshot from inside his home.

"I came running outside and my niece told me a little boy had been shot," said Daryle Smith. "It’s just a shame. I hope they catch those responsible."

Medics arrived and transported the boy to CMC. Officials said he is expected to be OK.

"It’s unfortunate," said Faulkner. "It’s unfortunate and sad that kids can't play outside on Father's Day without worrying about being shot."

Police ask anyone with information on this case to call police.