Vacationers' car damaged by gunfire in Chadbourn

Vacationers' car damaged by gunfire in Chadbourn
The Skeltons say their vehicle was struck at least four times by gunfire. (Source: WECT)
The Skeltons say their vehicle was struck at least four times by gunfire. (Source: WECT)
The gunfire destroyed two rear windows in their SUV. (Source: Bob Skelton)
The gunfire destroyed two rear windows in their SUV. (Source: Bob Skelton)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A couple traveling through Chadbourn on the way to the beach recently made vacation memories they wish they could erase.

Bob and Sue Skelton were headed from Raleigh to North Myrtle Beach. Their GPS directed them through Chadbourn, where they say their SUV was damaged by gunfire Monday morning, just after midnight.

"All of a sudden, I heard, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," Sue Skelton said. "I thought we must have hit rocks or something."

The couple believes the car was hit by at least four bullets, which shattered two back windows in the Honda Pilot.

Bob Skelton said he sped out of town and told his wife to call 911. The dispatcher instructed the couple to return to Chadbourn to file a police report.

"I said, 'You're crazy. I'm not driving back into this town.'" Bob Skelton recounted.

The couple stopped in Tabor City, about 15 miles south, where police photographed the car and collected evidence. The Skeltons said Wednesday they still hadn't heard from Chadbourn investigators.

"We have not had any contact with the Chadbourn Police Department, the mayor's office, anybody concerned with that," Bob Skelton said.

Interim Police Chief Scott Rockwell said the department was investigating but refused to release any information or respond to the Skelton's concerns about having to return to file a report.

"It's not like we had a little bump up or something," Bob Skelton said. "We had our lives threatened. And it's just as if it was insignificant. And I guess it was to them because it was not their life, you know."

Chadbourn Mayor Donald Ray Bass and Town Manager Robert Jones did not return calls for comment Wednesday.

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