Police Believe BB Gun Shootings Connected
Posted June 1, 2007 11:00 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2007 11:54 p.m. EDT
Garner, N.C. — Police are looking for two suspects who are shooting randomly at people with a BB or pellet gun. As many as seven people have been hit in four different shootings this week.
“I heard the car was coming past me and then I heard this bang, bang,” said Robert Murdock, who was struck on his left hand while walking along Poole Road in Raleigh Wednesday morning.
Three of the shootings happened outside Wake County Schools. The first was at Vandora Springs Elementary in Garner around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A group of parents were preparing for a student field day outside the school. Witnesses say a red or maroon car drove by. A shooter inside the car fired into the crowd. One person was hit in the neck and another was shot in the ankle.
Fifteen to 20 minutes later Murdock was hit. He described a reddish colored car as well. On Thursday morning, two more shootings were reported. The first happened outside Enloe High School in Raleigh.
“I got shot with a BB or pellet gun while walking to school,” said Marquesa Davis, 17.
Davis said she didn’t know where the shot came from. She noticed a stinging in her leg and saw a small cut.
About two hours later, a group of students outside North Garner Middle heard shots fired at the bleachers. As many as three students suffered minor injuries.
In the case at North Garner Middle, witnesses saw a suspect firing from some bushes. Police in Raleigh and Garner believe the cases are too similar to be disconnected.
“Something out of the blue with pellets and BB’s, this type of shooting, it’s too close to be random,” said Garner Police Sgt. Joe Binns.
So far, all injuries are minor. Murdock said he feels lucky, but frustrated.
“You want to get into the minds of these people and figure out how to change their minds,” he said. “There’s no fun in hurting someone.”
Police don’t have a good description of the suspects, but believe they are looking for two men.
If you have any information, call Garner Police at 919-772-8810 or Raleigh Police at 919-890-3335.