‘Not the Kinston we’re used to’: Police investigate third shooting in 3 days

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 12:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 2:23 PM EDT
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KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Police are investigating after a shooting Tuesday morning in Kinston.

Officers responded to Pine Street and Hicks Avenue around 11:14 a.m. for a report of a person shot.

Police said they found a male victim with a gunshot wound.

Kinston police are investigating a shooting that happened here on Tuesday morning.
Kinston police are investigating a shooting that happened here on Tuesday morning.(Brandon Hardison/WITN)

That person was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police said they are working to identify those responsible for the shooting.

“Very alarming. This is not the Kinston that we’re used to,” Capt. Brandon Turner said. “We’re a good city with a lot of good people and we’re just asking that the community remember that and remember to come forward whenever you hear anything.”

The shooting comes off a holiday weekend that saw two people killed in separate crimes. One person was killed and two others were shot Sunday morning at a home on Sunshine Street. Later that day, another person was killed in a shooting on South Adkin Street.

Kinston Mayor Don Hardy tells WITN that the evidence gathered by investigators shows the shootings were all targeted and not random.

“I think they may be gang affiliated, not so much gangs fighting gangs, just individuals that have issues with other individuals,” Hardy said. “That’s where we are now. We’re looking at solving these cases. There may be gang members around but these are just individuals fighting each other.”

If you have any information, call police at 252-939-3020 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

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