Rocky Mount police are investigating several recent shootings in the area including three notable cases.
About 3:24 a.m. on June 28, Rocky Mount police responded to a call on the 500 block of Hammond Street. There officers found seven 9mm spent shell casings in front of a home. Officers made contact with the 69-year-old resident of the home who said she had been sleeping and had not heard the shots.
After investigating her home, officers found that a bullet had struck a double-paned window of the home, but damage had only occurred to one pane of the glass.
As officers cleared the scene, they got a report of another victim in the same area. A 26-year-old man reported that earlier he had been traveling east on Hammond Street when he heard multiple gunshots. An investigation of the rental car the man had been driving revealed that it had been struck on the rear bumper and in the driver’s side door.
Rocky Mount police Cpl. Clay Wilder said the incidents appear to be connected, and it is possible that the vehicle, rather than the home, was the target of the attack.
About 7:49 p.m. on the following day, June 29, officers responded to a call where bullets passed through two bedrooms in two different adjacent houses.
The original call was concerning shots fired at a home on the 3800 block of Arlington Street.
The 60-year-old resident of the home said that a bullet had entered her sister’s bedroom, which was occupied at the time. An investigation revealed that the bullet had passed through the bedroom wall.
As officers canvassed the neighborhood, they went to the neighboring home and found that the same bullet or another bullet on the same flight path had struck the guest bedroom of that home.
No one was injured at either residence.
A short time later, at 9:12 p.m. on June 29, officers responded to the 1100 block of West Raleigh Boulevard to learn of another incident in which the driver of a vehicle had a very close call.
The 51-year-old driver of a 2004 GMC Yukon told police that he had gone to Princess Market to buy a drink and was stopped at a light near the intersection of Edwards Street and West Raleigh Boulevard when he heard multiple gunshots.
The driver said he ducked his head below the dashboard until after the gunfire stopped. During the investigation, police found evidence of two gunshots through the windshield and one on the driver’s headrest.
As officers canvassed the area, they found five shell casings from a 9mm Luger handgun and 10 .45-caliber shell casings, indicating that at least two suspects likely were involved.
Anyone with information about these crimes are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips also can be texted to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL and typing up to 155 characters about the information.