WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – Officials with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office say they're looking into whether or not a drive-by shooting that happened Wednesday night is connected to a home invasion that also happened Wednesday night on Thompson Town Road prior to the drive-by.
Deputies say that during the home invasion, four men forced themselves into the home, tied up a woman and her children and proceeded to assault the woman.
During the drive-by, police say an officer was on patrol on South Thompson Street when he heard numerous gunshots coming from East Clay Street.
He notified other officers and began a search for the suspects. During the search, officers were dispatched to the home where the shots were coming from, in the 400 block of East Clay Street, in reference to a child with a gunshot wound.
Upon arrival, officers found 12-year-old Zyria Hickman, who was hit with metal and glass in the face and neck during the shooting. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she remains in stable condition.
Along with her mother, Hickman was in the home with three other children, whose ages range from 2 to 12, during the shooting.
Detectives found shell casings and 25 to 30 bullet holes on the outside of the house. Additionally, there was damage to interior walls.
Authorities do not know if this was a random shooting or if the act was targeted. Police do not have any suspects in connection to this incident at this time.
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