Police: Johnston County man shoots girlfriend's son

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It happened on East Joyner Street in Clayton (Credit: Town of Clayton)

Police have charged a Johnston County man after his girlfriend's son was shot twice in their Clayton home early Saturday morning.

Authorities said it happened just after midnight in the 900 block of East Joyner Street. Police said the suspect and the victim lived together.

The Clayton home of Pleasants and Driver

When officers arrived at the house, Brandon Pleasants, 33, told police his mother's boyfriend had shot him in the face. On the way to the hospital, Johnston County EMS discovered Pleasants had also been shot in the stomach.

Pleasants had surgery at WakeMed and is expected to recover.

Clayton police arrested the suspect, 58-year-old Timothy Carroll Driver, a short time after the shooting about a block away from their home.

Driver is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries, possession of a firearm by a felon, and alter/remove gun serial number. He is being held at the Johnston County Detention Center on an $80,000 secured bond.

A spokesperson with the town of Clayton said Pleasants' two children also live at the home on East Joyner Street. They were both home at the time of the shooting, but they were not harmed, the spokesperson said.

An official said it was a domestic argument between Pleasants and Driver that led to the shooting, but the details are still under investigation.

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