According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, a couple visiting an acquaintance early Tuesday reported that they were kidnapped, tied up and shot while lying helpless on the floor.
Austin Clay Colley, 24, of Hickory, was shot twice in the chest, MPs said in a press release. He was listed in stable condition at Winston-Salem Baptist Hospital on Wednesday, officials said.
His girlfriend, Angela Nicole Kidd, 35, escaped an injury, officials said.
Eight people have been arrested and charged in the case, the sheriff’s office reported on Wednesday.
Investigators say they learned of the incident around 9 a.m. Tuesday, after the couple went to the emergency room at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir. The town is approximately 75 miles northwest of Uptown Charlotte.
Colley told MPs he and Kidd “were at an acquaintance’s residence” early that morning when they were attacked by a group of people and then tied up and blindfolded, the statement said.
“After a while, several people put him and his girlfriend in a vehicle and transported them to another location where he and his girlfriend were placed on the ground,” officials said.
“The individuals fired several shots at him and his girlfriend. He said he had been hit by gunfire.
Angela Kidd told MPs the two waited for the group to leave the area, then “she headed for a nearby road (and) reported a car that took them to Caldwell Memorial Hospital,” said officials.
The alleged kidnapping took place at 4330 Joplin Road in Hudson, and the shooting occurred about 10 miles northwest at “an abandoned property on Hood’s Creek Road,” the statement said.
“Members of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office have served a search warrant at 4330 Joplin Road and arrested all subjects at the scene,” officials said.
“A search of the location revealed other objects and a gun which corroborated Colley and Kidd’s statements. Investigators interviewed all of the occupants at 4330 Joplin Road and determined that all of the individuals acted in concert with the kidnappings and assaults.
The sheriff’s office has identified four suspects:
They were charged with assault with a lethal weapon with intent to kill causing serious bodily harm, attempted murder and first degree kidnapping. Each has a $ 300,000 bond, officials said.
In addition, four other people have been charged with first-degree kidnapping, officials said:
Tabitha Renée Bumgarner, 36
Adam Solis Hernandez, 23
Devan Alan Souther, 18
Tristan Douglas Coffey, 22
Each has a $ 100,000 bond, the statement said.