Gunfire rattles Woodland

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 14, 2008

WOODLAND – For many residents here, the relaxing aura of the weekend was shattered by the sound of gunshots.

According to Woodland Police Chief Don Ryan, his department received two reports Saturday night in reference to shots being fired.

The first shooting occurred at the Rite-Way Food Store and by the time Woodland Police Officer Kevin Byrd arrived, no one was at the scene.

Byrd said the shooting occurred when a fight broke out between two men in the front of the store. Someone fired into the air to break up the fight. One of the men involved in the fight then returned home and called 911.

At 11:53 p.m. the same night, the Woodland Police Department received another report of shots being fired, this time from a truck on Cherry Street.

Upon Byrd responding to the scene he saw several black males fleeing behind nearby homes. He also observed a large crowd of approximately 30 people near the National Guard Armory where a function was being held.

Byrd was told by witnesses there were shots being fired from a black truck with shiny rims at the other end of Cherry Street.

Despite a search by both Byrd and Northampton County Sheriff’s Deputy Antwone Johnson, the truck was not located.

The next day Ryan interviewed neighbors in the vicinity. They said they saw several people in the area when the shots were fired.

“To me it sounded like total chaos,” he said.

Ryan said he is checking into leads regarding the shooting. There were no reports of injuries.

Those who have information about the shootings are urged to contact the Woodland Police Department at (252) 574-1041.