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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A toddler was flown to the hospital after the child was shot inside a Chesterfield County home Thursday morning, according to the sheriff's office.
The shooting occurred Thursday, Nov. 29 at a home near Cleveland Street in Cheraw. According to Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks, the mother of the child was hanging out at a residence with several other adults smoking marijuana. Officers believe one of the men in the bedroom pulled the trigger.
It's not clear if the shooting was accidental. The child was airlifted to Columbia and rushed into emergency surgery.
"I'm just praying for the little boy. I hope he's okay," said Denise McIver, who lives nearby. "I never thought anything like that would happen in my community. It's a real nice community."
Neighbors in the area told FOX 46 that they couldn't believe a child, especially that young was shot. They say they're terrified because bullets have no name.
"It's so sad. I'm heartbroken. It could've been one of us to get hit with the bullet," said Julius Hooks, who live nearby.
Police say they're interviewing the adults in the house to determine exactly what happened and who pulled the trigger.
The child remains in critical condition, but is stable.