Rocky Mount police are investigating two recent drive-by shootings, one of which wounded a 1-year-old child.
Officers responded about 4:25 p.m. Saturday to the 400 block of Arlington Street in response to a shots fired call. As they were investigating the scene and speaking to witnesses, the victim called police from the 400 block of St. Paul Street to say that his vehicle had been struck by bullets at that location but he had driven to St. Paul Street to flee the gunfire.
The unidentified man said he was driving his brother’s rented vehicle with his girlfriend and a toddler in the car. As he was driving on East Raleigh Boulevard near the intersection with Arlington Street, he said he heard gunfire and the windows of his car shattered.
The woman in the car grabbed the child and saw the vehicle behind them from which the shots were being fired, she said. She reported seeing two men in the car, one of whom was described as a dark-skinned man with shoulder-length dreadlocks wearing a white T-shirt.
The couple reportedly drove to the 400 block of St. Paul Street, where they stopped to inspect the damage. When police arrived, they discovered the car had been struck three times. One of those bullets apparently traveled through the back seat and had struck the car seat where the child had been restrained.
The toddler was struck by the bullet but suffered only a graze wound, Rocky Mount police Cpl. Clay Wilder said. Paramedics treated the child at the scene but did not see the need for further treatment at the hospital, he said.
Police also are investigating another assault in which a 28-year-old man was wounded by gunfire.
Rocky Mount police responded about 10:37 p.m. Thursday to Nash UNC Health Care concerning a victim with a gunshot wound. There they found that the man had been struck by gunfire in his leg just above the knee. The nature of the wound was described as a “deep graze,” Wilder said.
The victim told police that he had been at the residence of a female friend on the 1800 block of Brownview Drive when the incident occurred. As he was standing in front of the home, three men travelling in a cream-colored car shot at him from the vehicle, he told police.
The victim reportedly drove himself to the hospital where he was treated and released. Wilder said officers tried to find the exact location of the incident based on the victim’s description but were unable to gather any evidence at the scene.
Anyone with information about these or any other crimes in the area is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can be texted to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL and typing up to 155 characters about the information.