10-year-old shot while playing outside

10-year-old shot while playing outside

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 15 at 11:19 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are looking for a gunman who opened fire on Toddville Road Sunday, hitting a 10-year-old boy who was playing across the street from his home.

The gunman was among three, or possibly four, people in a white, four-door sedan, said police.

The boy, who police have not identified, was hit in the leg and his injuries are not life-threatening, said Jessica Wallin of CMPD.  Neighbors said the boy goes by the nickname "Woody."

A neighbor who saw the young boy right before the shooting said Woody was looking for duct tape to fix a broken basketball goal at the end of Eneida Sue Drive.

"I first told him I didn't have any," said Stanley Faulkner, who lives a few houses from where Woody was shot. "I asked him how were his grades, and he said he passed his grades."

Faulkner agreed to buy Woody some tape, and left for the store.

"I'm gone maybe 30 minutes, I come back -- and they had the street roped off where he had been shot," said Faulkner.

Investigators don't believe Woody was the target, but Faulkner said now two people have been shot during drive-by shootings in his mostly-quiet neighborhood in the past year.

That bothers him.

"It's just unfortunate that kids can't play on Father's Day and enjoy themselves without having to worry about being shot randomly for no apparent good reason," he said.

He doesn't want Woody to have to walk so far to play basketball, and vows to help him out.  

"I'll make sure when he gets home and is in better shape, that he has a basketball goal in his yard," said Faulkner.

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