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7-year-old faces felony charges for BB gun incident

CATAWBA -- A 7-year-old boy’s alleged errant shots with a BB gun will have him in a Catawba County courtroom this week, facing felony charges for shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Prosecutors in Catawba County have charged Sam Grant, in connection with a February incident off Buffalo Shoals Road near the Catawba community in the southeast part of the county.

Deputies say Sam, who turns 8 on Thursday, was outdoors shooting a BB gun. His parents told WGHP-TV of High Point that their son was shooting at an abandoned house across the two-lane road. However, some of his shots struck passing vehicles. Nobody in the two vehicles was injured, deputies say.

The boy was charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Family members told WGHP they were shocked with prosecutors’ decision to charge their son. His initial court date is Friday in Newton.

WGHP contributed

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