16-year-old charged with murder in the death of another teen in Johnston County

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Friday, March 12, 2021
16-year-old charged with murder in death of another teen
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A teen was shot and killed Friday morning at a home in Clayton. The suspected killer is in custody.

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A teenager shot and killed another teenager in Johnston County on Friday morning.

Johnston County Sheriff's Office PIO Captain Jeff Caldwell said the shooting happened at a home on Breland Drive just before 2:30 a.m.

When deputies arrived, they found one 16-year-old dead from gunshot wounds.

Another 16-year-old was taken into custody. He is being charged with murder.

Deputies said they don't yet know what led up to the shooting or how the teens knew each other.

Stephen Whiter, a neighbor who lives across the street from the home where the shooting took place, tells Eyewitness News he was awakened by the noise of sirens and flashing lights on Friday morning.

"I didn't know if there was a fire or something like that," Whiter said. He doesn't recall hearing any gunshots or commotion.

Whiter learned of the shooting later, telling ABC11, "it's sad that a young fella had to die like that. You know, and I feel for the parents."

The neighbor says nothing like this has ever happened in the last few years of him living there, noting it's a safe area.

Johnston County deputies continue investigating.