Police: 3 teens accused of firing shots into apartments, killing NC 5-year-old

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested three teenagers accused of firing shots into multiple North Carolina apartments, killing a 5-year-old boy, according to our news partners WGHP.

The shooting happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cole Village Apartments in Winston-Salem.

Officials said when officers arrived at the apartment complex, they found a 5-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. The child's mother, father, and 3-year-old sister were also inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but were uninjured.

First responders took the child to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for emergency surgery, but he later died from his injuries.

Witnesses told police they saw several men in a silver car driving through the complex, randomly firing shots from the vehicle.

Police said there is no evidence that indicates the family was intentionally targeted. A total of three apartments and an unoccupied car were hit by bullets, according to Winston-Salem police.

Authorities said they were able to find the suspects at a nearby apartment and arrested three teenagers, a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old, and 17-year-old Oscar Mendez-Rodriguez.

All three teenagers are in jail under no bond.