Police: Overnight shootings not related, two injured

Published 11:08 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — Police officials say two overnight shootings that occurred within an hour of each other were not related. Two people were injured, both not seriously, and one arrest was made.

Salisbury Police say people were gathered outside a home at 409 E. Fisher St. around 6:30 p.m. Someone fired several times into the residence and a teenager, Timothy Little, 16, was struck in the backside as he ran.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said Little was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem. A 15-year-old male was charged in that incident with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of firearm by a minor, and violating the city firearms ordinance.

Police said Tuesday night this incident appeared to be a drive-by shooting. No one else was struck.

Officers then responded at 7:30 p.m. to a call referring to shots being fired into a vehicle. The victim, Eddie Bennett, 33, told police he was coming from East Spencer on North Long Street when he heard a single gunshot. He felt broken glass. Bennett drove home in the 1700 block of North Long Street where a vehicle pulled up and fired several times.

He received a bullet graze on the calf, but was not seriously injured. He refused medical treatment at the scene. Salisbury and East Spencer police were at the scene.

Lingle said this shooting was not random.

This is the second set of shootings within 24 hours in the city. Two men were injured Tuesday morning and hospitalized after unrelated shootings that occurred minutes apart.

Police received a call about someone being shot in the 1700 block of Second Street around 3:27 a.m. Tuesday. William Scott Kerr Jr., 31, was shot multiple times in the lower extremities. Police were called to the 200 block of East Bank Street around 3:38 a.m. after someone was shot inside the home there. Police found Amarillo Bryant, 34, who was shot.

Both men were taken to the hospital with injuries described as serious.