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A 5-year-old child sustained a gunshot wound to the leg Sunday morning while sitting in their father’s car, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

The child was taken to UNC Nash for treatment and was later released to the care of his mother, Lieutenant Shane Guyant said.

The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. as Corporal G. Caine and Deputy C. Roberts were patrolling the Enfield area.

They heard several shots being fired within the city limits of Enfield and upon responding to the area, they witnessed several individuals running from Hinson Street.  

Upon stopping a suspicious vehicle in the area of Dennis Street they heard additional shots being fired from the area of Southeast McDaniel Street.  

Within minutes of hearing those shots, they received a call to respond to the Speedway on Highway 301 in reference to a gunshot victim.  

The deputies learned that a 5-year-old child was shot while seated in a vehicle driven by his father.  

The father was identified as Jocnazi Quandarius Davis, 24, of Enfield.  

EMS was called to provide medical assistance to the child. The father was unharmed, but several bullet holes were found in his vehicle.  

“When asked for information that could assist in the investigation the father was extremely uncooperative,” Guyant said.  “When asked why the child was out so late in this area the father refused to answer.  Investigators could not even attain information from him as to where the shooting had actually occurred.”

Despite the father being uncooperative, deputies and detectives scoured the area between Southeast Railroad Street and South McDaniel Street.  They discovered 25 shell casings on East Alsop Street and East South Street.  

The sheriff’s office is working on this investigation due to the Enfield Police Department not being on duty.  Currently, the Enfield Police Department only has one full-time officer — the chief of police — working, Guyant said..

Guyant said there is the possibility the father could be charged but that would be up to the District Attorney’s office.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at this link