Cook Out

A woman was wounded by gunfire early Monday morning outside the Cook Out restaurant on the 1000 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard.

A woman was wounded by gunfire in the wee hours of Monday morning along the 1000 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard.

Rocky Mount police responded about 3 a.m. Monday to a call about a shooting with injury at the Cook Out restaurant at 1020 North Wesleyan Blvd., according to a news release from the Rocky Mount Police Department.

A 24-year-old woman was shot during the incident and was transported to Nash UNC Health Care, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released. From emergency radio traffic about the incident, it appears that she was transported to the hospital by an unknown person before police arrived at the scene.

During an investigation of the crime scene, police found multiple shell casings in the Cook Out parking lot and near Jeffreys Road and Sutters Creek Boulevard, which is consistent with suspects shooting from a moving vehicle, Rocky Mount police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said Monday in the news release.

“During the preliminary investigation, evidence determined this shooting was not random, and the suspects are possibly known to each other,” Jackson said.

It is not clear from the statement whether the victim of the shooting is also considered a suspect in the case or if she was a bystander caught in the crossfire. A request for clarification was not answered by press time.

A recording of the emergency radio transmissions during the time of the investigation adds more detail to the report. On the call, a woman officer is heard to say, “The truck stopped on 301 right there in front of Cook Out. A car stopped behind it. The shooting started and that’s when the victim’s car got struck in the Red Lobster parking lot on the backside close to 301.”

U.S. 301 is also called North Wesleyan Boulevard in that area of Rocky Mount. The Red Lobster restaurant is located adjacent to the Cook Out.

A recording of the emergency radio transmissions around the time of incident indicates that the drama moved to the scene of the emergency department of Nash UNC Health Care where the victim was taken for treatment. Radio reports indicated that the disorderly crowd of people tried to gain access to the emergency room after the shooting was reported.

An officer is heard on the call saying, “It is confirmed that the shooting victim is here at the hospital. The Cook Out crowd is still here out in the parking lot, disorderly, trying to storm the door.”

That incident apparently was soon brought under control.

The shooting is still under investigation by police, who are asking for help from the public in solving the case.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin Counties CrimeStoppers at 252-977-1111.

Tips also can be texted to the police via Text-A-Tip at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL and typing up to 155 characters about the information.