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19-year-old accused of shooting teen in Davidson Co., deputy says

Ryan Joseph Peace told the 15-year-old victim, a witness, to lie after shooting the teen while taking him to a hospital, deputies say.

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A 15-year-old boy has injuries to his chest and back after he was shot in Davidson County Wednesday.

Davidson County 911 communications got a call about a teen with a gunshot wound being taken to the hospital by Ryan Joseph Peace, 19, of Lexington.

The 911 operator told Peace to pull over to meet EMS and deputies on Jersey Church Road at HWY 8 south of Lexington. When deputies arrived, they found the teen lying in a red truck in a church parking lot. 

The teen had multiple wounds from what appeared to be pellets from a shotgun. 

Peace, the victim, and another juvenile witness provided a vague story of a suspect in a black jeep committing a drive-by and striking the teen in the chest and back.  

After an investigation, Detectives determined Peace had shot the teen in the Southmont area of Davidson County. Investigators also found out Peace threatened the teen and the witness as he told them to lie to deputies about the shooting. 

The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

Ryan Peace is facing the following charges:

  • One count of assault with a deadly intent to kill, inflicting serious injury
  • Two counts of intimidating states witness  
  • One count of possession of a firearm by a felon

Earlier that day, Sheriff Richie Simmons with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office said a school bus driver saw what appeared to be a student walking toward Southwood Elementary with what seemed to be a gun. However, it was a survey crew worker with a shovel. Southwood Elementary went on lockdown as a precaution. 

Peace is behind bars under a $1,000,000.00 secure bond.

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