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7-year-old shot, killed while riding with mom in Hickory
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7-year-old shot, killed while riding with mom in Hickory

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Hickory police comb the side of Tate Boulevard as they search for evidence in a fatal shooting Wednesday night.

A 7-year-old was shot and killed in Hickory on Wednesday night.

Zakylen Greylen Harris died from a gunshot wound to the neck, according to a press release issued by Hickory police. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his mother on Tate boulevard, one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

Two other children in the vehicle, ages 6 and 1, were not listed by police as injured.

Investigators are searching for an SUV traveling east on Tate Boulevard around 11:12 p.m. Wednesday. The release said the SUV possibly had multiple occupants with a white female with blond hair in the front passenger seat.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or Investigator Tammy Johnson at

Catawba County EMS, Hickory firefighters and Hickory police responded to the shooting call.

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