Teen shot near ball park

April 29, 2009 2:12:04 AM PDT
Investigators say they have several persons of interest in the shooting of a teenage girl. The eighth-grade Northern Middle School student was shot in the stomach Monday just after 6 p.m. near Longhurst Ball Park.

Ashley Ogeary, 14, is a three-sport athlete. Her principal said Ogeary always has a smile on her face and is an asset to the community. That's why his recorded message to parents Tuesday morning shocked the tight-knit town.

"It's terrible," parent Sharonn Lester told Eyewitness News. "I got a 10-year-old and I don't even let her go to the park unless I go with her."

Lester lives across the street from the park where the shooting may have happened. She wonders what is happening to her neighborhood.

"You can be walking down the street now and can't never tell cause anything can happen so just watch everything," Lester said.

Police say when they arrived at the scene, they found Ogeary in a nearby apartment but they are trying to figure out if the shooting happened at the park.

"There were two persons of interest who've been interviewed," said Lt. Todd Boycher, Roxboro Police Department. "They were there on the scene. There are two or two conflicting reports."

Those reports may be something as simple as the fact that it was an accident or something as serious as she was targeted.

Lt. Boycher said interviews about what happened don't match and Ogeary is the key to their investigation.

"We have not located the gun nor anybody who will tell us as of this time whether it was a handgun or a rifle, [if] it was a small caliber," Boycher said.

As officers work to determine what led to the shooting, counselors are helping Ogeary's school cope with the incident. She is listed in stable condition.


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