2 in custody after shooting of 14-year-old in Harnett County

SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) - Two suspects have been charged in connection with the drive-by shooting that seriously injured a 14-year-old boy.

Justice Harrington, 19, and Joel Tutt, 21, have been charged with assault with deadly intent, felony conspiracy, and shooting into an occupied building.

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said the victim was in a Kathleen Terrace home when the shooting occurred.

Joseph Chalmers, a neighbor and family friend, said the 14-year-old was shot in the stomach, underwent surgery and is expected to be okay.

"I was pretty scared. You know what I'm saying - I was worried about his little boy," Chalmers said.

Chalmers said his oldest son is good friends with the victim.

"He spends a lot of nights over there. Off and on, so you know I was like, 'Damn, what if he was there?'" he said.

It happened just before 11 Tuesday night.

Investigators said deputies responding were flagged down by people in a passing vehicle, who were rushing the injured teen to the hospital.

Witnesses gave investigators a description of the vehicle involved. Authorities said they found it and arrested three people. Two of them have been charged in connection with the shooting.

About an hour after that incident, deputies said shots were fired at a home on McNeill Road.

Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats told CBS North Carolina the incidents may be related. Shell casings from both scenes are the same.

Harrington and Tutt expected to appear in court Thursday morning.


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