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North Carolina man charged with fatal shooting of boy, 7

April 23, 2021 GMT

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 7-year-old boy who was fatally struck while riding in a car with his mother earlier this week.

Douglas Mason Wilson, a 23-year-old from Claremont, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder related to the Wednesday night killing of Zakylen Harris, the Hickory Daily Record reported, citing court documents. Wilson was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Police have said Harris was a passenger in a car being driven by his mother in Hickory when shots were fired into the vehicle, striking him in the neck. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Two other children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Neither was injured.

Wilson was booked into a local jail Friday morning, the newspaper reported. No bond was set for the murder charge. It was not immediately clear if Wilson had obtained an attorney who could comment on his behalf.