Police probe weekend shootings


Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rocky Mount police are investigating incidents over the past few days that involved two shootings into a vehicle and one shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Authorities said no one was struck by gunfire in the incidents. Cpl. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department said a 28-year-old woman drving down the road had her vehicle struck by gunfire at about 12:05 a.m. Monday in the 2500 block of Hunter Rill Road at Thomas A. Betts Parkway.

Summerlin said the woman couldn’t give a description of any suspects involved in the shooting, only saying the shots came from a dark colored vehicle.

“We don’t know if she was the intended target,” he said. 

Summerlin said also a little later officers went to investigate a shooting into an occupied dwelling about 1:56 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of Evergreen Road. 

Summerlin said a 26-year-old woman along with a 9-year-old girl and 1-year-old girl were awakened when several gun shots struck the inside of the residence. Summerlin said officers found several bullets that entered the home, and a Honda Accord was also struck. Summerlin said police don’t have any description of suspects and authorities don’t know whether those involved were on foot, bike or got away in a vehicle.

Summerlin added there was an aggravated assault over the weekend involving another shooting into a vehicle about 10:23 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard. Summerlin said a 42-year-old woman was traveling down Wesleyan Boulevard in a 2011 Nissan Maxima heading to Sharpsburg when she heard gun shots near the Trade It pawn shop on Wesleyan Boulevard.

He said the woman didn’t notice until the next day that her automobile had been damaged. 

“We don’t even think she was the intended target and she just happened to drive by when the incident occurred,” Summerlin said. “She heard some popping noise, but didn’t know what it was until she saw what occurred to her car the following day.”

Police have no witnesses that saw what happened and no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.