Popular bluegrass promoter loses right eye from bullet in Oxford
Posted July 14
Updated July 15
Oxford, N.C. — Allen Rodney Preddy thought he heard fireworks when he turned onto an unfamiliar street in Oxford late Sunday night.
Instead, the sound was gunshots.
One bullet went though the back of his truck, hit the side of his temple and knocked out his right eye, said Raymond Bragg, a close friend of Preddy's.
The bullet then grazed Preddy's nose before exiting through the front windshield, Bragg said.
"He's doing good, considering," he said. "He's a strong man, strong man."
Preddy, who then drove a half-mile to an AutoZone on Linden Avenue after being shot on Orange Street, is recovering at Duke University Hospital.
Investigators, who have not made any arrests as of Monday evening, did not say if Preddy was targeted or if the shooting was random.
Preddy founded PreddyFest, a Franklinton music festival featuring traditional bluegrass music.
The festival, in its 17th year, will happen at the end of July as scheduled, Bragg said.
"The show will still go on. Rodney said show will still go on," he said.
Bragg said Preddy's right eye is lost. Doctors are planning additional surgeries to repair his cheekbone and eyelids, said Bragg, who added that Preddy is looking forward to the bluegrass festival, despite his injuries.
“A big part of his life is bluegrass music,” he said. “He’s been into it serious all his life. This is one thing he loves to do. Not going to stop him, not going to stop him one bit.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Oxford police at 919-693-3161 or Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100.