Smithfield police have charged three people in connection with a shooting that injured a woman and her 8-year-old son.
Police have charged Mister Height, 22, of Kinston, Cornel Harper, 35, of Kinston and Sameer Edgar, 26, of Detroit with two counts each of attempted murder. All three suspects are charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.
Police were dispatched to 38 Towbridge Drive Wednesday night for a shots fired call shortly before 8 p.m. in the Homewoods Apartment complex.
When officers arrived at the scene, police found a woman in her early 20s and an 8-year-old boy with multiple gunshot wounds. Police are not releasing the victims' names and location at this time for security reasons.
A neighbor who asked not to be identified described the chaos that broke out.
"All of a sudden I heard a bunch of gunshots, maybe about 20," he said.
The witness said he immediately locked his door and peeked out the window.
"There was a neighbor out front who yelled, 'Call 911' and went to help them. He busted down the door to get them."
He says that kind of violence is out of character for the neighborhood.
"It’s a quiet place, nothing really happens," he said. "You really just hear kids playing and people walking their dogs. That’s just about it."
The victims were rushed to the hospital by EMS crews and police say that both are in serious condition.
Neighbor's describe the victims as shy, but friendly. The eight year old boy currently goes to South Smithfield Elementary. The principal released this statement, about the shooting. "South Smithfield Elementary expresses their sincere wishes for the student and his family. He is a compassionate child, who is kind to others and loves to be the class helper. He is a beloved student and member of our school family."
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Johnson with the Smithfield Police Department at (919)934-2121 or the Smithfield Tip Line at (919)989-8835.
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