Shooting victim not cooperating

Published 9:53 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

AHOSKIE – The victim of a shooting near here Monday has opted not to cooperate with an investigation by the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report filed by HCSO Deputy Chase Oliver, 24-year-old Aunte Tamon Sessoms, who listed an address on Wynn Street in Winton, was shot twice in the upper back, apparently while he was at the B&B Trailer Court, located off West Modlin Road.

When interviewed Monday by HCSO Deputy Thomas Helms at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Sessoms told the officer, “You know I ain’t telling nothing.”

If a follow-up phone conversation with Deputy Oliver on Tuesday, after Sessoms had been released from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, the shooting victim stated that he would “take care of it.”

The investigation into the incident began when Hertford County E-911 dispatch received a call late Monday afternoon stating that someone had been shot. However, the caller hung-up before providing any other details, to include a location of the shooting. That location was verified by tracing the call, which came back to an address at B&B Trailer Park.

A short time later, a representative with Vidant R-CH contacted HCSO dispatch in reference to a gunshot victim at the hospital. Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan stated that the shooting victim was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

Oliver arrived at the mobile home park at 6:11 p.m. and spoke to several individuals. All stated they heard gunshots, but were not aware that someone had been shot.

As Oliver continued to canvass the neighborhood, he spoke with a woman on Craft Street who said her home and vehicle were shot at during the incident. The deputy discovered damage to the driver’s side window of a vehicle at that address.

Oliver then processed the scene, finding several shell casings – three .22 caliber casings in the roadway near 104 Craft Street, and one .45 caliber casing in the roadway near 109 Craft Street.

Sheriff Vaughan said the case remains open for further investigation. If charges are filed, they will include attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and damage to personal property.