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Deputies probe shootings, chase in Johnston County

Posted March 15, 2009 5:37 p.m. EDT
Updated March 16, 2009 5:06 p.m. EDT

— Johnston County sheriff's deputies were investigating Sunday afternoon after two people were shot at about 4:30 p.m. at 4600 Little Creek Church Road, south of Clayton.

Witness Dorothy Durham said she was inside her house when she heard the gunshots.

"I heard something go 'pop, pop, pop,'" Durham said.

"There was a guy in the ditch, face down, (and) he had some drugs in one hand and a big gun in another one," witness Amy Jones said. "He just kept jerking, he was jerking and his hand was on the trigger so everyone was scared that he might accidentally shoot somebody."

Paramedics took Quamayne Pennyfeather, 17, found in a ditch, by ambulance to WakeMed. Another witness said Pennyfeather was thrown into the ditch from a blue Chevrolet Caprice.

Deputies say two vehicles were involved in the shootings. Law enforcement chased one of the cars to Johnston Memorial Hospital, where they found the other victim, Gregory Lamont Hinton Jr., 24, inside the Chevrolet.

Both men were listed in critical condition Monday, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

The shootings remained under investigation. Deputies said they were still looking for the second vehicle.  It was described as a older-model, four-door, dark-colored sedan.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the sheriff's office at 919-989-5010.