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Police: 3 Monday shootings under investigation

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Authorities have identified two people who were injured following Monday’s shooting on Pender Street.

Police were dispatched to Tropicana Foods, located at 603 Pender St., shortly after 5:30 p.m. When officers arrived they found 19-year-old Chakeem N. Whitaker of Laurinburg suffering from a gunshot wound to his foot, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

While officers were on the scene, 20-year-old Safari Ashby of Wilson came back to the scene and was suffering from a gunshot wound to the back, Stroud said. Police said the victims were not cooperative with investigating officers.

Ashby and Whitaker were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment, police said.

TWO MORE SHOOTINGS

Less than three hours after the Pender Street shooting, police responded to a second shooting in the area of Pickett and Downing streets at 8:09 p.m., officials said.

While investigating that call, officers received additional information that a man was reporting his vehicle had been shot, Stroud said.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Briggs Street and spoke to 22-year-old Develle K. Hunter who told police while he was waiting at the light at the intersection of Ward Boulevard and Downing Street, an unknown person drove by and shot several times into his vehicle, Stroud said.

Hunter, of Wilson, told police that there were two other people in his vehicle at the time, authorities said.

No one was injured as a result of this shooting.

Officers went to the area where Hunter told them the shooting took place and found evidence of the crime, Stroud said. Police said the suspect vehicle is described as a white Chrysler 200 sedan that was seen turning onto Ward Boulevard.

A third shooting was reported at 8:49 p.m. in the 1600 block of Goldsboro Street. Police were first dispatched to Moe’s Mini Mart at 601 Fairview Ave.

When officers arrived, they found 20-year-old Calvin E. Pittman there suffering from a gunshot wound to his back, Stroud said.

Pittman told police he was walking in the 1600 block of Goldsboro Street and heard shots fired and then heard a vehicle speed away, officials said.

Pittman was taken to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. Police said there is no suspect information at this time.

No arrests have been made yet in any of the three shootings. Police said they are investigating whether any of the shootings are related.

Police ask anyone with information regarding these cases to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-243-2255 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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