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Alleged Scotland Neck Shooter in Good Condition

Posted July 29, 2007

— The man who allegedly killed one person and injured two others in a shootout Saturday was listed in good condition after police fired back on him.

Christopher Wardell Johnson allegedly shot Mack Moody several times at point blank range Saturday night after a “fight over a lady,” according to sheriff’s officials.

The shooting happened in the front yard of a house at the intersection of 11th and Grace Streets.

When Scotland Neck and Hobgood police arrived to investigate, Johnson allegedly shot at them. Both Chief Doug Pilgreen of Scotland Neck and Chief Joe Williams of Hobgood were fired on, officials said. Williams was shot in the leg.

A chase ensued and Johnson drove to the EP Mart in downtown Scotland Neck where he continued firing on the officers, authorities said.

Police fired back and hit Johnson multiple times. He was transported by ambulance to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville and was listed in good condition Sunday.

During the shootout, a 2-year-old girl sitting in a parked car outside the EP Mart was injured. The car she was in had multiple bullet holes, but officials think she was injured by broken glass. The girl was treated and released from Our Community Hospital in Halifax County, officials said.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting. The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Moody’s death.