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A child was struck by lightning in west Charlotte.

It happened Wednesday afternoon on the Johnson C. Smith University campus in the 100 block of Beatties Ford Road in West Charlotte.

The victim, a 9-year-old boy, was struck on the track.

Charlotte firefighters and MEDIC responded to the scene. CPR was performed on the child, and emergency workers eventually restored his pulse before transporting him by ambulance. They say he suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and has been taken to CMC.

Responding officers say the boy was throwing a plastic javelin on the McGirt field in close proximity to family members.

Witnesses say they heard the thunder and noticed the boy shortly after, on the ground and unresponsive.

No one interviewed by police saw the boy being struck by lightning. A student nearby told NBC Charlotte she did see a single bolt of lightning touch the field.

"I come out there three days out of the week to do track. We came and saw police locking the gates so we didn't know what took place," said Alphonse Smith.

Smith says he and his coach are extra careful when out on the field, paying close attention to the weather.

"The bleachers are metal. Usually when we have track practice it has been rainy plenty of times. We take precautions and they tell us to get under or usually cancel practice."

The child was not affiliated with the university, and not part of any day-camps held on the field. According to school officials, the field is open to the public, and the child was there with his family.

It happened Wednesday afternoon on the Johnson C. Smith University campus in the 100 block of Beatties Ford Road.

The victim, a 9-year-old boy, was struck on the track.

Charlotte firefighters and MEDIC responded to the scene. They say he suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and has been taken to CMC. The boy was found unresponsive.

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