Principal: Rocky Mount High student shot before baseball practice –

— A 15-year-old Rocky Mount High School student was hit by a .22-caliber bullet while on the baseball field before practice Thursday afternoon, according to a letter sent to parents by the school’s principal.

The student, who was waiting for baseball practice to begin, said he remembered hearing a distant popping noise and then felt pain in his neck, according to police.

He was taken to UNC Nash Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Student shot at baseball practice

“It is important to note that this was not, and I repeat, this was not an incident of school shooting, and neither was our student targeted,” Principal Daniel Colvin said.

Colvin said it is not clear what happened, but that someone might have been hunting in the woods behind the school.

He said it is likely a case of the student “being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Student shot at baseball practice

No disturbances or altercations were reported at the school prior to or during this time frame.

Anyone with information should call police at 252-972-1411.