Search continues for suspect accused of shooting, killing Asheville 12-year-old

    Shooting at Lee Walker Heights turns deadly (Photo courtesy: WLOS staff)

    Asheville Police are investigating a shooting at Lee Walker Heights that has claimed the life of a 12-year old boy and injured an 18-year-old.

    According to a news release from the Asheville Police Department, around 3 a.m. on Sunday, police received a report of more than one person suffering from gunshot wounds.

    When officers arrived at the complex, they found a 12-year-old boy and 18-year-old male, both shot.

    They were both transported to Mission Hospital, where the 12-year-old succumbed to his injuries.

    The 18-year-old's injuries aren't life-threatening.

    Lt. Don Eberhardt says police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, and don't have a suspect in custody.

    Neighbors say it's eerily quiet at the the housing complex after the shooting.

    One neighbor tells us that he is friends with the teen, and would see the 12-year-old boy running around and playing.

    "Prayers for the families. Sorry that happened. For real, I hate anybody that gotta go through this, cause I lost my little brother, I'm just like, I don't want nobody to feel that. Know what I'm saying?" said King Dez.

    Sunday night at 10 and 11, we'll have more about what some Asheville residents are doing to help stop violence like this.

    If you have any information about the suspect police are searching for, call the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1000 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

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