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1 Killed, 4 Wounded in Wayne County Shooting

Posted January 21, 2007
Updated January 22, 2007

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— A drive-by shooting in Wayne County killed one man and injured four others, including a 6-year-old girl.

Deputies said a birthday party was in progress at the clubhouse at Durham's Lake about midnight when gunmen showered bullets at the building, hitting the victims inside.

Arturo Acevedo, 34, was killed, and the young girl suffered a gunshot wound to the hand. Oscar Ocampo, who is Acevedo's brother-in-law, said that the child is doing well. There is no word on the conditions of the other victims.

Rodney Hamilton, who lives near the clubhouse, told WRAL the party started Saturday afternoon, with dozens of adults and children having fun outside the building. He heard the gunshots later in the evening.

"Boom, boom, boom, boom," Hamilton said as he described the sound. "I said to myself, 'Dang, I hope nobody got killed.'"

Venancio Martinez, 17; Antonio Orterzo, whose age wasn't immediately known; and Armando Laredo, 18, are sought for questioning in the shooting. Authorities are also looking for two other men, but their identities were not immediately known. Investigators said at least one of the suspects has family in Duplin County.

Authorities believe the men are riding in a four-door red or burgundy 1998 Hyundai with North Carolina license plate number WPM-6706. They may also be armed with some type of .223 S/A rifle, authorities said.

Anyone with information in regard to the shooting or the men sought for questioning is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at  919-731-1481.

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  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Jan 22, 2007

    Good reporting, WRAL! Excellent coverage of a crime and the effect it has on the caring community affected by it.
    Unfortunately, I see that the comments section is obsessed with the fear of 'illegals' destroying life as we know it (see: dime novels/horror movies/detective magazines/network television/rock and roll/hollywood/video games/internet/etc). I guess xenophobia is not just for breakfast anymore. Comments using terms like 'wetback', to me, show an underlying hatred and serious lack of disciplined knowlege of the issue(s) at hand. And, this one was interesting in a previous post: "So when so many of the mutts from another country..." MUTTS? My ancestors came here from Ireland and Scotland. A bit of research and I found out my heritage is Anglo/Scots/Irish/French/German/Cherokee/Catawba. Guess that makes ME a mutt, eh? ... Oh, and I hate to break the news to you, but the NC Eugenics Board was disbanded a couple of years ago. "Mister Gorbachev! Give us that wall!" (coff)

  • nowon_yuno Jan 22, 2007

    Well imagine that, and I keep getting told that they are all here just to work.

  • dtemtfire Jan 22, 2007

    Wake up people? It does not matter the race, or how they got here. It doesn't matter if they are legal or not. What matters is that these gangs will do whatever whenever they want, regardless of what happens. These article shows that. They shot into a building. They could care less who was in there. It was funny that in Sunday's Newsargus, the Goldsboro paper, there was a big article about gangs in Wayne County. Goverment officals don't know what to do about the problem. This leads me to believe the best thing it to watch out for you and your.

  • emsmedic217 Jan 22, 2007

    My heart goes out to the families. I see first hand what these situations do to people. No matter where you are from, what color you are, something like this hurts just the same. I work in these situations day after day. It never gets any easier. For those involved it is a life changing experience. How anyone got to this country is not the point. You don't know they were not born in the US. Anyway we took this land. The big problem is that we are too easy on the ones that break the law. Give them hard time & take away some of their rights. But no, we give them more money than we spend on our kids, to teach them. Maybe if we put our money into our kids instead of supporting criminals then maybe we would not be in this type of mess.If we did that, maybe someday we would not be reading about or seeing these kind of things as much.We can all only pray for that to be the case.

  • tejasflave Jan 21, 2007

    First of all, why does every comment up here lead to rascism? Hispanics are not the only ones commiting crimes, what about the white man who killed his own daughter?...now thats a sick man. of course what these young men did was awful, and they should definetly be charged, and if they are illegal, then they should be deported. The point is hispanics cant be blamed for everything that goes wrong within our society. We should all work together as one and stop all these gang activities.

  • hdsoftail Jan 21, 2007

    Race should not be an issue in any story, face the facts!!! Whoever the shooters are, take them down. Get rid of the tree huggers and start hanging some of these punks and the system will clean itself.

  • LizardLick Jan 21, 2007

    First off let me say I am truely sorry for the people that were hurt and killed in this story.

    Secondly, I feel that we do have a major issue with the Illegals that are here in North Carolina. As was stated before, our state government is making it so the ILLEGALS are wanting to come live here. No Taxes, FREE BENEFITS, and Medical. I know that we need to treat one another fairly. BUT.. I am a tax paying CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! And I would think before the US & STATE government would grant this ILLEGALS SPECIAL status. That they would indeed grant us "US CITIZENS" the same. I say for all to write your Congressman/Congresswoman and protect this act. Stand for what is good and protest the bad. Let your voices be heard!


  • mchlpickle Jan 21, 2007

    Well call me a racist I know somebody will. I'm just an average citizen trying to get these @@@@ ##### to wake up before it's to late.

  • ncsufamily24 Jan 21, 2007

    Everyone has a right to his or her views in the public area. Like it or not. Read the Terms Of Service agreement.

    Better yet, call a lawyer. I'm sure there's one out there who'll take up your cause. Good luck.

  • bigbeared26 Jan 21, 2007

    I would like to respond to this story.(1) As a former Wayne co residentI hate to see the big influx of violence and gangs. The thing is they have been here for years.It is now coming toa head because the politicians have turned their heads at the issue. It is sad innocent people get hurt . I dont know the whole story as to who or why I dont care .Sad thing is this little girl has lost her innocence of life by getting shot . (2) It is not only blacks it is whites and hispanics and any action is welcome .I say let round them all up and send all illegals out of the us and mark them so they cannot come back and Close the BORDERS for GOOD!!!!!