North Carolina man charged with assault after boy, 7, shot in head

Brandon Ross - Wake County Sheriff

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged after a 7-year-old boy was shot in the head at a Wake County home Tuesday night.


The incident took place just after 6:15 p.m. at 4204 Ferriday Court, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Ross, of Clayton, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the shooting, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. He is being held under $100,000 bond. He was given a court-appointed charge.

Ross also had some separate but previous charges added to his bail. That was driving without a license ($1,000), resisting a public officer ($2,000) and a false fire alarm ($3,000).

Ross was questioned by law enforcement after this incident. Harrison consulted with the district attorney before charging Ross.

There were a total of four children in the house when the shooting happened — ages 10, seven, four and seven months old, officials said.

The 41-year-old mother of the boy who was shot was at the home when the incident happened, said Harrison.

A series of calls between 911 dispatchers and people at the scene where a Raleigh 7-year-old was shot reveal confusion and panic in the moments following the shooting.

It is unclear who spoke to 911 initially but a woman told the dispatcher they needed an ambulance.

“I need ambulance now! I need ambulance now!” the caller said.

The 911 dispatcher continues to ask for information but the phone repeatedly gets disconnected.

Several attempts are made by dispatchers to call the number back without answer.

At one point, a dispatcher can be heard saying, “You know they’re not going to pick up if they’re holding the wound.”

A man answered one of 911’s calls and said they are headed to the hospital.

More confusion followed as the dispatcher attempted to find where the man is with the injured child.

“They just passed us,” the man in the recording said.

When the 911 dispatcher asked who passed him, the line is soon disconnected.

The child was taken along with his mother to WakeMed North in a private vehicle, Harrison said.

The child was then taken to Duke Hospital in Durham.

The condition of the injured child is unknown at this time.

Deputies waited for a search warrant before entering the home to gather more evidence.

Harrison said the deputies would be working to find out who was responsible for the children and what happened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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