DALLAS (Reuters) – A youth rifle was shot dead in North Carolina, a state lawmaker said on Tuesday, the latest shooting to come under scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department.
The shooting in the town of Eden, north of Greensboro, occurred early on Tuesday morning, a lawmaker said.
No arrests have been made, the Democrat, Keith Kemper, said in a statement.
A U.N. committee investigating human rights abuses in North Korea has previously found that at least 13 civilians have been killed by police since 2010.
On Tuesday, a witness said that police were using a shotgun on a youth rifle that he saw lying on the ground near a school.
A spokesman for the North Carolina National Guard, Colonel Eric Koepp, told Reuters that the trooper who fired the shot was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Kemper said the trooper’s name was not immediately released.
He said he had not been briefed on the incident.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
North Carolina was one of the states that saw its population swell by nearly 100,000 people between 2014 and 2019, when the state experienced a spike in violent crime.
A number of incidents in recent months have raised questions about the safety of North Carolina schools and the safety and security of its citizens.