ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — Rocky Mount police continue to investigate after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday night.
It’s the latest in a string of deaths involving teens in the city.
Officers are not releasing the victim’s name at the time, out of respect for the family’s wishes.
He is the third teenager to have been shot and killed in Rocky Mount in the past six weeks.
“The gun went off like ‘putputput’,” described John Martin, who lives a couple of houses away from the scene. “[It went] right up here and that way, going up.”
CBS17 crews counted 16 bullet holes that pierced the windows and doors at the home on Tarboro Street.
Shattered glass lies on the front steps, feet away from where police found the 15-year-old with gunshot wounds, just before 11 p.m. Monday night.
Capt. Westly Seabreeze with the Rocky Mount Police Department said officers were in the area when they heard gunfire, and were officially alerted by shot spotter.
Martin wasn’t surprised or startled by the noice.
“Because guns goes off around here all of the time,” he said.
Martin told CBS17 crime runs rampant on the roads near his home.
Seabreeze said while officers were investigating, they found guns and drugs inside of the house where the teen was found.
“A felony amount of marijuana. Eight firearms were also located inside of the residence,” he explained. “Three of these firearms were reported stolen. Two reported from Rocky Mount and one was reported from Alabama.”
This shooting death is the latest case involving a teen victim.
Martin is concerned with the future of the next generation.
“The way kids grow old and go out into the world and see things… even with video games and stuff like that makes them get into [violence],” he said.
Police would not tell CBS17 if the teenager lived at the home, or if they have any suspects or motives in mind.
The ATF is assisting in the investigation.
Rocky Mount Police ask that anyone with information contact their department or anonymously through Crimestoppers.