NEW INFO: $1,000 Reward Offered In Shooting Of Duplin County Woman

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The Duplin County Sheriff's Office is now offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction in the shooting of a Duplin County woman.

The woman is recovering in the hospital after she was shot in the head while lying on her couch Tuesday night in Chinquapin.

Her cousins identify her as 60-year old Drew Mary Whitley.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says a bullet went through the front door of the trailer at 238 Cole Swamp Road and struck the woman in the head while she was on the couch.

Whitley's in stable condition at Vidant in Greenville, but her family anxiously waits for the person responsible to be caught.

Alphonso Pickett is her cousin. He says, "It was tragic man because she's a sweet person. Like I said she don't bother nobody, hurt nobody, and she's just a beautiful woman. And I love her to death."

Sheriff Wallace says they're following up on leads, but no arrests yet.

He says they aren't sure whether this was a drive-by shooting or not, or if the woman living there was the shooter's actual target.

If you have information about the shooting, call the Duplin County Sheriff's Office at (910) 296-2150.

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