‘Not a random act of violence’: 7 injured in multiple shootings in North Carolina

Shootings at three locations in North Carolina on Sunday injured seven people in what police said was “not a random act of violence.”

“This is not a random act of violence and the investigation is ongoing,” the Winston-Salem Police Department said in a statement. Public Information Officer Kira Boyd said “preliminary information indicates the scenes are all related,” according to NBC News.

Six of the injured had no life-threatening injuries, police said. Investigators have not characterized the injuries of a seventh victim. Several people were hospitalized.

The shooter(s) remain free. Police did not name any suspects, but said a white four-door BMW and a black Dodge Charger were linked to their investigation.

Officers first responded to a location in Fairview Park at 7:48 p.m., where they said they found “more than 50 used shell casings of weapons of various calibers on the road and in the park”, suggesting a “significant exchange of gunfire”.

Later, police were notified of two male shooting victims on Highway 52, less than a mile from the park. Both men appear to have been shot in the head and face while driving a car, police said. Both were hospitalized.

Police were later alerted to four more gunshot victims at another nearby location on East 25th Street. A fifth victim was later identified in hospital.

The violence comes amid a series of weekend mass shootings across the United States, including a racist massacre in Buffalo, New York, that killed 10 people at a supermarket.

On Sunday, a gunman opened fire inside a church in Laguna Woods, California, killing one person and injuring five others. Authorities captured a suspect, but did not immediately know the motive.


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