Police seek suspects in parking lot shooting

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Police search for clues Tuesday in the parking lot of Golden East Crossing mall.

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Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

As the peak shopping season approaches, two of the prime shopping areas in Rocky Mount were impacted by gunfire on Tuesday afternoon.

A woman was shot in the parking lot at about 2 p.m. at the Walmart in Cobbs Corner on Jefferies Road. However, Rocky Mount Police Cpl. Mike Lewis said the bullet apparently originated in the parking lot of the Golden East Crossing mall. Later in the afternoon, police cordoned off a large section of the parking lot near Books-A-Million and were searching the area for evidence.

Lewis said several people were engaged in an altercation in the mall parking lot, and shots were fired during the incident. One of these bullets apparently traveled across Jefferys Road and struck an unintended victim in the Walmart parking lot, Lewis said. He was not able to identify which part of the parking lot she was in when she was struck.

“Some bullets can travel up to a mile,” Lewis said, when questioned about the distance the bullet had traveled.

The victim, whose name and age have not been released, was transported to the hospital. Lewis described her wounds as non-life-threatening.

Lewis said police are following up on leads in the case but that no suspects or suspect descriptions had yet been released. The matter is still under investigation.