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3-year-old shot and killed near Statesville by 5-year-old brother


A 3-year-old was shot and killed in Iredell County by his 5-year-old brother Thursday night.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says it happened off Fort Dobbs Road north of Statesville, near I-40 and Turnersburg Highway.

The shooting happened after the toddler’s sibling apparently found a loaded gun in a car, and the shooting happened inside the car. A neighbor was performing CPR on the child when officers arrived. Deputies say the child was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital and then flown to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he later died of his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and deputies said they plan to release more information as the case develops. No charges were announced as of Friday morning.

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Woody is a Charlotte native who came to WFAE from the world of NASCAR where he was host of NASCAR Today for MRN Radio as well as a pit reporter, turn announcer and host of the NASCAR Live pre race show for Cup Series races. Before that, he was a news anchor at WBT radio in Charlotte, a traffic reporter, editor of The Charlotte Observer’s University City Magazine, News/Sports Director at WEGO-AM in Concord and a Swiss Army knife in local cable television. His first job after graduating from Appalachian State University was news reporter at The Daily Independent in Kannapolis. Along the way he’s covered everything from murder trials and a national political convention to high school sports and minor league baseball.