Child injured in Statesville shooting, investigation underway

David Whisenant | WBTV
David Whisenant | WBTV
David Whisenant | WBTV
David Whisenant | WBTV

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A child is in stable condition after she and two adults were shot in Statesville Tuesday morning, city officials say.

The shooting happened on Caldwell Street. Police say the child - a 9-year-old girl, a 40-year-old man and another male were all shot.

"They were asleep and gunshots rang out," said Javon Miller.  Millers says his 9-year-old cousin, her father and her uncle were all hit by bullets that slammed through the windows of the small white house.

“I don’t think nobody, no thug, hoodlum,  or however you want to call them, gang members, street mongrels, I don’t think nobody with common sense would shoot up a house knowing there were children that would be in there and get hurt, possibly die," Miller said.
Miller says his cousin is in a fight for her life at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Police say the two men shot suffered "less serious injuries."

Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office and Statesville police are looking into the possibility that this incident may be connected to at least one other shooting that happened overnight.

Deputies say a person fired at least a dozen shots on Rita Drive. Bullets struck two windshields and went through windows of a home. A woman who lives inside the home said the incident "woke her up."

"We heard boom boom pow," said homeowner Sherika Barber. "It was gunshots in the walls, the living room windows, [my husband said] call 911, so that's what I did."

Three people were inside the home including a 3-year-old when the incident occurred. No one in the home was injured.

No further details have been released.

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