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Pinetops police asking for assistance in identifying shooting suspect

Shooting Incident Pinetops, North Carolina This correspondence is in reference to a shooting incident that occurred in Pinetops, North Carolina on 05-23-2020 at approximately 2:15 a.m.

On 05-23-2020 at approximately 2:15 a.m. an officer with the Pinetops Police Department noticed two passenger vehicles driving in town that appeared to be following one another. The officer kept an eye on them and then heard gunshots. The officer followed behind the vehicles as they circled a few blocks in town and drove onto N. 2nd Street. By the time the officer was able to catch up to the vehicles one of them was wrecked and sitting in the middle of the road on N. 2nd Street, just out of town. The officer discovered that the two occupants of the wrecked vehicle were both suffering from gunshot wounds. The other vehicle had fled the scene. Both victims were transported to Vidant Hospital in Greenville NC. One victim was discharged from Vidant and the other is still receiving medical attention.

So far, the investigation reveals the following: At approximately 2:14 a.m. a burgundy colored Chevrolet Malibu came into town by way of N. 3rd St. followed by a black colored Nissan Maxima. The Nissan Maxima followed the Chevrolet Malibu throughout town. When the vehicles drove onto N. 2nd St it appears that they got beside each other and started colliding. An officer heard gunshots and attempted to catch up with the two vehicles. When he caught up to them he discovered the two victims. The actual shooting incident appears to have taken place within the town limits. The investigation is still in progress and The Pinetops Police Department is seeking information on the second vehicle involved in this incident. The vehicle appears to be a burgundy in color, newer model Chevrolet Malibu. It will possibly have multiple areas of damage. A possible reward will be offered for information leading to a conviction in this case. If anyone has any information please contact The Pinetops Police Department at 252-827-5014.

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