12-year-old victim identified in Lenoir County accidental shooting

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A school system here in the east is mourning the loss of one of their students following an accidental shooting.

The 12-year-old has been identified by Lenoir County Schools as Za’Dok Clark.

Lenoir County Public Schools spokesperson Patrick Holmes said in a statement:

“The loss of a student is always tragic. Our first thoughts are for the family of Za’Dok Clark and LCPS extends to them our heartfelt sympathy. The LCPS crisis management team is at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School today to provide additional counseling and support services for students and staff members and will be there as long as needed.”

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says the preliminary investigation into the shooting death of the child appears to be an accidental shooting by a sibling.

The shooting happened on the 2600 block of Dean Drive just outside of Kinston around 7:00 p.m.

Authorities say the gun involved was a .22 caliber rifle. They have not said where the boy was shot.

He is a student at Contentnea-Savannah School and the sheriff’s office has contacted Lenoir County Public Schools officials and there will be guidance counselors at the school Friday to assist with students.

The Lenoir County Department of Social Services is aiding the LCSO in this situation.

The sheriff’s office is consulting with the District Attorney’s office for guidance and the investigation into this incident continues.