Ahoskie shooting injures two

Published 5:40 pm Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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AHOSKIE – Two people were injured in what was reported as a drive-by shooting here Monday night.

Meanwhile, another person was shot in Bertie County approximately 90 minutes after the Ahoskie incident, leaving law enforcement officials in both jurisdictions investigating a possible connection between the two crimes.

In Ahoskie, Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said two males, whose names were not released, were shot in the 800 block of North West Street, near the intersection of Baker Street. That shooting occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m.

“One victim was seated inside a vehicle while the second victim was standing outside the same vehicle when the shots were fired,” Fitzhugh said.

He added that over 30 shell casings from three different weapons were found at that location. Those casings were from 9 mm, 40 caliber and 22 caliber handguns.

“We’re not sure at this point if one or both the victims returned fire at their assailant or assailants as we have yet to interview either of the victims due to their injuries,” Fitzhugh said.

The Police Chief said that one victim was shot in the head while the other suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.

“Upon our arrival, one victim was spotted walking on Baker Street,” Fitzhugh said. “After learning there was a second victim, that individual was found walking on Colony Avenue, roughly two and a half blocks away from the scene of the shooting.”

Both victims were transported by Hertford County EMS to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. Their medical condition is unknown.

It was at the hospital where another shooting victim arrived from Bertie County at 9:45 p.m. That individual, who was not identified, was shot in the head.

According to Bertie Sheriff’s Major Matt Roebuck, that victim informed Ahoskie Police officers that he was shot at an unknown location on Meadow Road near the community of Trap.

The Ahoskie officers contacted the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Tyrone Ruffin responded. Roebuck said Ruffin and other deputies conducted a neighborhood canvass along Meadow Road but were not provided any information that would pinpoint the exact location of the shooting.

“The investigation into the incident continues in Bertie County,” Roebuck stated. “It is not known this early into the investigation if the Bertie shooting incident is at all linked to the Ahoskie shooting incident.”

Roebuck added that the Bertie victim did not suffer any major injuries and was released from the hospital the same night.

Meanwhile, Chief Fitzhugh said the investigation continues for the double shooting in Ahoskie. Anyone with information can contact APD Detective Naomi Mizelle at 252-332-5012.

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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