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Police increase patrols in wake of shootings

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Another spate of shootings has Rocky Mount police on high alert.

Shots were fired into an occupied dwelling about 2:38 a.m. Sunday on the 1700 block of Parkridge Road. Cpl. Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department said the resident reported hearing a gunshot and discovered evidence of a gunshot in a door of the home. No one was injured in the incident.

Another incident was reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of South Pine Street. No one was harmed in the incident, although the house and a computer were damaged. Shell casings and an unidentified “projectile” were recovered from the home, police said.

These cases are in addition to several other incidents that were reported over the weekend. Police confirmed that repeated shots-fired calls were reported — especially in the areas of South Pine Street, South Howell Street and Niblick Road — and some of those shootings were classified as shooting into an occupied building, which is classified as an assault.

“We have seen an increase in shots-fired calls recently, especially in certain areas of the city,” Lewis said. “These incidents are under investigation and we are increasing patrols in these areas in order to diminish these incidents.”

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