Edgecombe County deputies are searching for a man suspected in a Monday afternoon burglary and shooting.
Authorities said deputies were called around 3:15 p.m. Monday to a shooting on Old Wilson Road. Upon their arrival, deputies discovered the victim had been checking on a relative’s house when he reportedly startled a burglar inside the home. The suspect reportedly had found a gun during the break-in and shot the victim in the hand. The victim and the assailant struggled after the shooting, eventually leading the suspect to flee the scene in a white work van toward Rocky Mount.
The suspect is described as a middle-aged 5-foot-11 black man with a slender athletic build, weighing about 160 pounds and a short haircut. The suspect was seen wearing jean shorts and a dark blue or green T-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at 641-7911.