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Teen in stable condition after shooting

Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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A 15-year-old from the Gulf community is in stable condition at Duke Hospital after he was shot in the arm and chest Friday, according to Chatham County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies said the shooting happened after a disturbance at the home of James Atkinson, 846 Clarence McKeithan Road, Sanford. Atkinson reported to deputies that someone had attempted to forcibly enter his residence. Atkinson said he heard someone yelling and kicking on the door, so he fired a shotgun through the door, explaining to deputies later that he didn't know if he hit anyone but saw two suspects getting into a burgundy colored vehicle.

Later that day, deputies were notified of a shooting victim with non-life threatening injuries at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. The victim was later taken to Duke Hospital by helicopter.

Deputies are investigating the incident and have seized a 12-gauge shotgun from Atkinson's home.

Deputies said the incident appears to have been motivated by two earlier disturbances at the same home that took place on the previous day. Authorities were called out for both incidents, although they didn't say anything about the relationship between Atkinson and the 15-year-old shooting suspect.

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