SHERIFF: 12-year-old Lenoir Co. boy shot in the chest

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Lenoir County Sheriff Jackie Rogers tells WITN News that a 12-year-old boy killed last night at his home was shot in the chest.

The victim has been identified by Lenoir County Schools as Za’Dok Clark, a student at Contentnea-Savannah School.

“The loss of a student is always tragic,” said Patrick Holmes, school system spokesman. “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.”

This marks the third accidental shooting of a child in Lenoir County since the first of the year. On January 5th, a teenager was shot by their toddler sibling. That victim recovered, while nine days later a three-year-old boy was killed when he shot himself with an unsecured handgun.

In both of those cases, the fathers of the children were charged after deputies said they failed to properly secure their guns from the children.

Deputies say the preliminary investigation of the shooting of Za’Dok appears it to be an accidental shooting by a sibling.

It 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.

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 shooting continues.