POLICE: Lenoir County paramedic caught in crossfire as shooter fired at another vehicle
KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Kinston’s police chief described a chaotic scene that followed the shooting of an Eastern Carolina paramedic Sunday night.
During a press conference Monday afternoon, Chief Keith Goyette shared the moments that led up to and after the woman was hit by gunfire.
Police said that officers were asked by EMS to assist at 705 Marilyn Drive around 6 p.m. Sunday night.
While officers were on the way they learned that an EMS employee had been shot.
Goyette said based on their investigation a gray Toyota sedan was heading east on Marilyn Drive while a white vehicle was heading west. Police said that as the two cars “crisscrossed paths” the passenger of the gray sedan began shooting at the white vehicle causing it to crash into an EMS unit. That gunfire struck the paramedic in the chest and arm. Two EMS workers and the patient they were on scene for were in the back of the ambulance that was struck by gunfire but were not injured.
Police said that the car with the shooter left the scene but was eventually tracked down to a home. As officers arrived a vehicle was pulling out. Officers said they found two guns inside and the pair were taken in for questioning. A warrant was later obtained, and two more guns were found at the home that the vehicle involved in the shooting was found at, police said.
Police said they identified the shooter that was in the grey sedan as Brennan Hill, and that his parents brought him to the station Monday morning where he was charged.
Hill is charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on an emergency person.
Goyette said that the five attempted murder charges are because of not only the paramedic that was struck but because of everyone else that was nearby when Hill was shooting.
The paramedic that was shot was taken to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville but has since been released and is recovering at home.
Police are not identifying the victim at this time.
Monday morning update:
Police in the east say they arrested a man Monday after a paramedic was shot while attending a call Sunday night.
The Kinston Police Department arrested Brennan Hill on Monday and charged him with crimes related to the shooting of a Lenoir County Emergency Services paramedic at a call on Marilyn Drive around 6:00 P.M.
The county says while trying to get a patient in the ambulance, a vehicle slammed into the front of the ambulance and the suspect came out of the vehicle, firing a gun. The paramedic was shot in “the upper torso and arm area,” according to police.
The 23-year-old has been charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on an emergency person.
Officials say that the paramedic, whose identity is being withheld at this time, was taken to ECU Health Medical Center and is in stable condition.
Hill is in the Lenior County jail under a secured bond.
We’re told that case remains under investigation.
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