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Police investigate accidental fatal shooting in Statesville

According to Statesville Police, the shooting happened on East Front Street.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 1:15 PM EDT
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STATESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) – An investigation is underway following a deadly shooting in Statesville on Thursday.

According to Statesville Police, the shooting happened on East Front Street. The preliminary investigation shows that the shooting was accidental.

According to police, two elderly friends were together in an apartment in the back of the building. One man was showing a gun to another man when the gun fired, killing one of the men.

Police were called right at the noon hour. Brianna Porter was working nearby.

“As soon as I stepped outside I saw and heard a lot of cop cars going by,” said Brianna Porter who was working nearby.

“There was tons of cops cars, ambulance, firetrucks, going down the street, it all happened really fast,” added Amanda Rogers. Rogers operates Molly Malone’s Boutique just across the street. “It’s definitely very concerning.”

The building where investigators were focused on Thursday afternoon houses a screen printing company. Police were working mostly in the back of the building where there is a gravel driveway and a door on the back of the building that leads to the small apartment. Statesville Police Chief David Addison said more information would be released later.

“It’s a little bit unsettling, when it happens so close to home I feel like it’s a little bit unsettling,” Porter added.

“Since we moved here a year ago they’ve always mentioned like do you guys feel safe around that part of the town and we’ve never had any issues here,” Rogers said. “We all feel very safe and today is the actual first thing that’s ever happened.”

Check back with WBTV for updates as they come in.

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