Residents Wait Patiently In Shootout Aftermath

While investigators searched for more suspects in connection with a Monday morning shooting in northern Lenoir County, many residents there were forced to stay put for more than five hours.

Glass scattered along the street and a bullet hole near the front door of a home on Morris Road in Lenoir County are reminders for several residents they were trapped here for more than five hours after the lunchtime shooting. Deputies told them not to leave for their own safety while suspects were on the run.

Mary Heath, who lives in the area off highway 11 near the King's Mart says, "I'm concerned for my children's safety because it happened right in front of my house.
They wouldn't allow my son in the house for three or four hours."

A few houses away from Heath's, an elderly woman says relatives called her all day, but couldn't get to her, because the street was blocked off. Eleanor Formy-Duval says, "I spent my day here, got lunch and just looked out the window."

While authorities know the extent of the injuries of those found in an Oldsmobile riddled with bullets, questions remain about the injuries suffered by those in the other car, a white sedan officials say took off driving south on Highway 11.


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