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Police: Two sought after man hit by shotgun pellets

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — A Mildred Avenue man was taken to the hospital Friday morning after authorities said he was hit in the head by a shotgun blast which was fired through the front window of his home.
Salisbury Police said they were dispatched to 427 Mildred Ave. about 12:40 a.m. in response to a shots fired call. While en route to the home, officers learned someone had been hit in the shooting.
Three people were inside the home at the time, but police said only 56-year-old Billy Hopkins was hit.
Police said Hopkins was hit with several pellets from the shotgun shell. According to the report, the ammunition “appeared to be some type of birdshot.”
Hopkins was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center. A police report said he was treated and released.
Witnesses told police two people ran from the home’s front yard after two blasts were fired through the front window.
Authorities said the two others inside the home were friends of Hopkins. One person had entered the home and walked into a nearby bedroom just seconds before the shots were fired.
No one has been arrested but Salisbury Police are continuing to investigate.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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