Correction: An early version of this article incorrectly reported the age of the shooting victim.


A 3-year-old boy was fatally wounded by an older sibling who found a loaded gun in the family’s vehicle at their home off Fort Dobbs Road near Statesville on Thursday afternoon, according to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Deputies responded to a residence in the 100 block of Fort Dobbs Road in response to a report that a child had been shot around 4:30 p.m.

A neighbor was performing CPR on the child when the first deputy arrived on the scene within a minute of being dispatched, Campbell said.

The deputy continued life-saving efforts until Iredell County EMS personnel arrived and transported the child to Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

The child was pronounced dead at 8:32 p.m., Campbell said.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.

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