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Gunshots fired at several homes in Columbus Co.; one person injured

Gunshots were fired at multiple homes in Columbus County early Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT) Gunshots were fired at multiple homes in Columbus County early Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Gunshots were fired at multiple homes in Columbus County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to reports of shots fired at homes in Tabor City, Chadbourn and Clarendon. One injury was reported.

At approximately 4:30 Wednesday morning, deputies responded to 992 Miller Road in Tabor City after multiple shots were fired at a home where nine people, including four children, were asleep. A 22-year-old female suffered a gunshot wound, but family members said she was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and is expected to be OK.

The residence was damaged and neighbors said the home has been shot at least four times in the past couple of years. WECT is working to get this information verified by the sheriff’s office.

The residents of the home and many neighbors were tightlipped, but said they are fed up with this type of crime.

In Chadbourn, deputies responded to 49 Godwin Trail around 12:30 a.m. after a home was shot at several times. Three people were home, but no one was injured. The residence and a vehicle were damaged.

At 12:52 a.m., Columbus County Dispatch received a call about multiple shots fired at a home at 41 Billy McDuffie Lane in Clarendon. Four people, including two juveniles, were home but no one was injured.

Neighbors said residents of the home in Clarendon left after the shooting. Folks in Clarendon and Chadbourn said they’re shocked by the shootings, and that their neighborhoods are usually quiet.

“There’s a lot of kids out here too and people," Hazel Nealy, a Clarendon resident, said. "Most of these trailers out here have kids in them, so whoever did this doesn’t need to be coming out here shooting because we don’t bother anybody.”

“I moved into this trailer park because it’s quiet out here, and nothing ever happens, but after last night, I don’t know," said Chadbourn resident Linda Bellamy. "It makes you get second thoughts."

As of Wednesday morning, the sheriff's office said it hadn't determined whether the shootings are connected. All three incidents are under investigation.

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