Six people shot at Thelma’s Down Home Cooking in Salisbury

Updated: Jan. 26, 2020 at 9:56 AM EST
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that happened just after midnight Sunday morning at a restaurant in Salisbury.

At about 12:05 a.m., police say someone shot at six people following a party at Thelma’s Down Home Cooking. The restaurant is located at 1935 Jake Alexander Boulevard in Salisbury.

In a tweet Sunday morning, Salisbury Police clarified its original statement saying that six people are being treated for gunshot wounds. The person with the most serious injuries was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical. Police say the victim is in stable condition. The other five people who were shot are being treated at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Police say one person was shot in the chest.

Police said the shooting occurred inside the restaurant.

Three other people were injured during the incident. In a press release, the City of Salisbury said two people were trampled and another person was treated for anxiety.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Salisbury Police Department in the investigation. They are looking for cellphone video or pictures from people who were there.

Arnold Stoner works at A menswear store that shares a wall Thelma’s. He says he spent Sunday morning making sure his shop was still in order.

“I kind of double-checked to make sure there were no bullet holes...don’t pay attention to those, those are not bullet holes,” said Stoner.

The mall, which has struggled to survive for years, only has a hand full of stores that are still up and running. According to Arnold, it’s normal for parties to be thrown at Thelma’s after the restaurant’s normal hours. It’s another way to bring in business.

“We could hear the music. It was kind of drowning out K Love. We could hear the boom, boom," Stoner said.

The only thing different for him this time was the certain crowd of people, who he says looked to be in their earlier 20’s, making their way inside to party.

“[Thelma’s} rents out space for that. Generally it’s an older know church people. Different type of birthday parties. I know recently they had a gender release party. It’s always good stuff,” he said.

Police did not release any information on what led up to the shooting or who is responsible.

If you know anything about the crime, call Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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