In addition to investigating a double homicide Sunday, Rocky Mount police responded to five other shootings around the city, including two incidents that sent three victims to the hospital.
Officers were called around 6:15 p.m. to Buck Leonard Park on the 900 block of South Grace Street in reference to two victims injured in a shooting. Police said a 16-year-old and a 37-year-old man were treated at Nash General Hospital and released.
Witnesses told police they saw gunfire come from an older model four-door black Honda Accord on West End Street heading toward Raleigh Road, according to police reports.
Around 7:30 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of South Church Street where they found a 20-year-old man behind a house with a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Nash General and transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Police said the victim reported he was walking on South Church Street when suspects drove by in a red car and shot at him. No other suspect description was provided.
According to police reports, officers responded around 3 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of North Fairview Road after a witness reported seeing two groups of men get into an altercation with one another. Witnesses told police that when the men left in two separate cars – a white SUV and a light-blue Ford Taurus, one of the suspects fired at the others. No one was injured.
A house on the 700 block of Atlantic Avenue and another house on the 1500 block of South Church Street also were damaged by bullets over the weekend, but no one was injured in either incident.
Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said investigators are working to determine whether the shootings are related to a double homicide on the 800 block of Pender Street.
“In any case like this, that is always something we explore,” Lewis said. “There is no indication that is the case here, but we investigate all possibilities.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111.