Two shootings; one injury

Published 7:18 am Monday, May 6, 2013

WOODLAND – The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office has two shootings here under investigation, including one that sent a local woman to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

NCSO Detective Sgt. Lynette Clements said it is not known at this time if the separate shootings are related.

The first occurred at 8:56 p.m. on Monday in the Woodland Housing Project. There, a lone suspect, believed to be using a handgun, fired three shots into an occupied apartment.

Clements said the person inside the apartment was not injured.

“You could tell from the (bullet) holes that the person was running behind the apartments as he or she was discharging the weapon,” Clements said.

A K-9 from the Seaboard Police Department was brought to the scene and picked up a scent along the area where the shots were fired.

“The dog was able to track the scent to Finley Avenue (located behind the apartment complex),” Clements stated. “However, the trail went cold there. We believe the shooter had someone to pick them up at that point.”

The second shooting took place nearly three hours later at a residence located approximately two miles north of Woodland off US 258. In this case, Clements said two shots each from two shotguns were fired into an occupied home, striking a woman in the arm.

“The woman had just gotten home from work and was preparing to go to bed when a vehicle drove past her home and opened fire,” Clements said. “She said she felt a burning sensation in her arm and then saw she was bleeding.”

Clements added that the victim was transported by Northampton EMS to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie where she was treated and released.

The victim’s husband was in the bed at the time of the shooting. Clements said he was not struck.

“The buckshot came in through the bedroom window,” Clements said. “We found four (shotgun) shell casings out by the road in front of the house.”

There was no description of the vehicle involved in the shooting.

“We believe someone saw something or heard something later about these two shootings,” Clements noted. “If they do have any information, please give us a call.”

Those with information can contact the NCSO at 252-534-2611 or the Crimestoppers hotline at 252-534-1110.

Both cases remain under investigation. Clements is leading that probe on the US 258 case while Woodland Police Chief Jesse Stevens is handling the shooting investigation in his town.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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