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Two killed in shooting at Henderson motel

Posted February 16, 2013

— A 33-year-old man and 34-year-old woman died early Saturday after a shooting at the Scottish Inn motel in Henderson, police said. 

Officers responding to the hotel, at 1759 N. Garnett St., found the Jerome Kearney and Kenya Odessa Hodges, both of Henderson, dead about 3:15 a.m. Police said the victims knew each other and the case is not a murder-suicide.

Witnesses reported waking up to the sound of gunshots.

"There was like four or five of them, then a few minutes later there was like three or four more," said Chassity Eaton, who was staying at the motel.

Another woman also heard the shots and huddled in the bathroom out of fear.

"I was scared," said the woman, who did not want to be identified. "I was terrified. I just grabbed my kids and took them to the bathroom."

Anyone with information should call the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

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  • fed up in vance Feb 18, 3:53 p.m.

    I also agree with "OUTLAW"....This motel has been the scene of several crimes. Just about 5 years ago a METH Lab was found in one of the rooms, several overdoses reported here, cops always sitting around "staked out" watching the parking lot and rooms for drug transactions, cars broken into. It is nothing but a modern day, multi-room HO house/crack house. Then you have the old Ambassader Inns/Kerr Lake Inn/Whatever the name of it is this month motel over on Parham Rd. Anyone remember the guy that was shot there several years ago at the BIG party that was going on after Northern Vance and Southern Vance had their graduations? That motel was shut down by the City Fire Dept. for numerous code violations but is now back open. These cheap motels are nothing but gathering places for criminals and criminal activity. Shut them down then tear them down.

  • fed up in vance Feb 18, 3:42 p.m.

    Gang related or not......Drug related or not.......the law abiding citizens of Vance Co. need to stand up and take action. The reason the guns are in the wrong hands (hands of convicted felons) is these convicted felons break into our (law abiding,tax paying,hard working) homes and steal them from us then turn around and use them. The law in Henderson/Vance is useless. We need to stop keeping our guns in the closet and start keeping them on our hips. Either carry them concealed or carry them in view but no matter how you carry them; JUST CARRY THEM. In the past week there have been 3 kidnappings with one resulting in robbery and the other 2 in rapes, and a double murder. Until we get more law abiding citizens carrying guns on the streets then we have criminals carrying guns on the street Henderson/Vance Co. is going to be the "criminals playground". I would love to ride thru the county and see "CASTLE DOCTRINE" posters on every law abiding citizens house. Show of unity people.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 2:45 p.m.

    A loaded gun in the wrongs hands. This will continue until people wake up and do something about it. It could be your love one next. Lets stop killing each other and learn to walk away. At least someone will still be alive.

  • nativeNCgrl Feb 18, 12:15 p.m.

    Relic, it's a gang problem, not just an economic problem.

  • Relic Feb 18, 11:01 a.m.

    "This motel should be declared a public nuisance and shutdown, it has been a active crime scene a lot in the past few years."

    That entire corridor of US 1 from northern Henderson into Warren County needs to be cleaned up. Other than the farms in between there are nothing but cheap motels, closed businesses and eyesores.

  • Outlaw Josey Wales Feb 18, 9:22 a.m.

    This motel should be declared a public nuisance and shutdown, it has been a active crime scene a lot in the past few years.

  • RM24 Feb 18, 8:59 a.m.

    I hear the talk is this was a gang shooting. And in Henderson, nothing should be surprising. Just like Durham and Rocky Mount, the police have lost these towns. Drugs and guns have taken over!