Reward increased in Clinton child shooting


It happened Friday around 10:30 p.m. at a home on Plantation Lane.

A 911 caller said a male suspect broke into the home and tried to force his way into a bedroom. When the suspect couldn't break in, he allegedly fired a gun into the room, striking the child.

Officials believe the child's parents may have been targeted in the home invasion because they are migrant workers.

Family members drove the child to Sampson Regional Medical Center where he was airlifted to a regional medical facility. Officials said the child was on life support and listed in critical condition. He has not been named.

Sheriff Jimmy Thornton also announced that the Sampson County Sheriff's Office will offer up to $5,000.00, as well for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals for a combined award amount of up to $10,000.00.

"I am grateful for Governor Purdue's assistance with the reward," said Thornton. "Hopefully, this will encourage someone to come forward with the information that we need to arrest and convict the individual or individuals responsible for this senseless tragedy."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sampson County Sheriff's Office at (910) 592-4141.

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