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


    ong> - (AP) Police in a small 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 gathered to shoot hoops 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 transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition. Gailliard said the others shot -- ages 15, 17 and 19 -- were treated and released.

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

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