Kinston Police Search For Shootings Suspects, Ask For Community's Help

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A month of violence in Kinston has police asking for the community to speak up. There are several recent unsolved shootings including one this weekend.

Kinston Public Safety says lack of cooperation from the public is part of the problem in solving a rash recent of shootings.

Saturday night just before midnight,officers say two men were gunned down at Carver Courts housing complex near building 9. Police say 26-year-old Ricky Davis was shot in the leg and 22-year old Miguel Wingate was shot in the abdomen.

Officers say they have had very little help from the public, and they have been dealing with the same problem in a murder case from nearly a month ago when 20-year-old James Franklin was shot and killed outside his grandmother's home at 205 Capitola Avenue .

"We're out there beating the bushes talking to folks trying to get some info and we're hoping we could get some people who will cooperate with us, because we could certainly use their help," said Kinston Public Safety Spokesman Woody Spencer.

Police say if you know anything about this crime you can call the tip line to remain anonymous at (252) 939-4020 or email

Kinston police are actively searching for the man they say shot two other men Saturday night at a public housing complex.

Officer Tim Dilday with Kinston police tells WITN officers got a call of multiple people shot at 11:59 p.m. at Carver Court apartments.

Investigators said they arrived to find two men shot.

26-year-old Ricky Davis was taken to Lenoir Memorial, where police say he was treated and released after being shot in the lower leg.

Police said 22-year-old Miguel Wingate was also taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, but was later airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. Hospital officials said Wingate is in critical condition. Wingate was shot in the abdomen.

Officer Dilday said police have determined there was one gunman, and all three people involved in the incident knew each other.

Police would not elaborate on the motive of the shooting, but said they are actively working off a suspect description.

Investigators said they would not release a suspect description at this time.

No word yet on any arrests in this case.