Police have arrested a shooting suspect who they say led them on a chase that ended in the emergency room at Martin General Hospital in Williamston.
Williamston police say Kendall Gonzalez is charged with the attempted murder of Gregory Williams, who was shot on the 200 block of Slade Street in Williamston around 12:45 a.m. Friday. Police say after finding Williams shot on Melbourne Avenue, police quickly identified Gonzalez as a suspect and started searching for him.
Officers found his vehicle on Willow Drive, but he drove off when police approached. Police say Gonzalez led them on a high speed chase to Martin General Hospital, where Gonzalez hit a parked car. He then ran into the emergency room, still armed. The Williamston Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff's Office apprehended him there, and no one in the hospital was hurt.
In addition to the charge of attempted murder, Gonzalez is charged with second degree burglary, assault by pointing a gun, first degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel, felony fleeing to elude arrest, failure to heed lights and siren, and careless and reckless driving to endanger.
He's being held under a $1 million bond at the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail with a court date on March 26.
Gonzalez does have a previous criminal record. Records show he has pending charges in Martin County for felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny after breaking and entering. The man also has some misdemeanor drug convictions from 2002 and 2010.
Friday afternoon Martin General released the following statement:
"Last night our hospital immediately enacted security protocols to secure the safety of patients, employees, medical staff and visitors on our campus. We appreciate the professionalism and responsiveness of our staff, including our Emergency Department and security teams, and the local police. Their quick action assured the safety of all.
To ensure their effectiveness, we do not publicly discuss the specifics of our security protocols. We are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who comes to Martin General Hospital."