ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Police in Salisbury are investigating after a teen died from injuries during a shooting Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting happened near the intersection of N. Long Street and 11th Street, right down the road from Long Street Park.
A driver called 911 saying that his passenger had been shot and they were headed towards the hospital, according to Salisbury police. Officers responded to Novant Rowan Medical Center and confirmed the victim had multiple gunshot wounds.
Mya Michelle Miller, 19, was pronounced dead at the hospital despite the efforts of the emergency room staff. Police say they were able to get a detailed description of the shooter and also a vehicle.
“As this point in time it appears to be a random act of violence," said Salisbury Police Lt. Greg Beam. "We cannot find any link between the suspect and the victim at this point.”
Police say they believe that Hooker followed the car in which Miller was riding for several blocks. They say Hooker pulled beside the car at the intersection of N. Long and 11th Street, then got out, walked over to the passenger side of the car and began firing.
About four hours later on Tuesday night, police say they received multiple calls of a person shooting into a car and home near Victory Street and Farimont Avenue. Officers located the suspected vehicle from the homicide and conducted a traffic stop.
“He actually heard the second round of shots fired, spotted the vehicle, recognized that it was the vehicle we were on the lookout for," Beam added.
Jeffrey Wayne Hooker, 32, was arrested for shooting into an occupied vehicle. Evidence collected linked Hooker to the fatal shooting of Miller. He was charged with murder a second count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.
On Wednesday, Hooker was charged by deputies with the Rowan Sheriff’s Office for firing into a house on Hope Hill Drive. No one was injured.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245, or Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333.
Salisbury police say this is the first homicide in Salisbury in 2019.