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Sheriff: 5-year-old North Carolina boy killed by crossfire

June 6, 2019

RED SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — A 5-year-old North Carolina boy has been killed by crossfire between people fighting near state Highway 72.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins tells news outlets that Alva Paisley Oxendine was wounded Wednesday night near Red Springs and pronounced dead at a hospital hours later.

The sheriff says in a statement that Alva was sitting in the back seat of his mother’s car when he was shot. Alva’s brother was also in the back seat but wasn’t wounded.

Wilkins says a planned fight between two groups led to the shooting. The Robesonian reports a recording of the fight was posted online. The sheriff’s office is investigating.

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