An officer looks on as the bike of an early morning shooting victim is removed from the scene.
By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A TEENAGER was shot multiple times early yesterday morning, minutes after he was reported to have been involved in another shooting four corners away that left a 20-year-old man in critical condition in hospital.
Police believe the two shootings are connected and that the second one was an act of retaliation.
The first shooting took place around 7:45am off East Street.
According to reports, a 20-year-old man from Lily of the Valley Corner was walking with his girlfriend when two men pulled up in a white Honda. One of the suspects, who the victim knew, jumped out of the car and shot the victim multiple times in the lower back. The suspects fled the scene, police said.
The victim was taken to hospital by a private vehicle where he is listed in critical condition. The girlfriend was unharmed during the shooting.
About 15 minutes later, police were informed of another shooting on Hay Street – four corners down from the first shooting.
Police said a 19-year-old resident of Hay Street was riding his motorcycle on East Street when the occupants of a blue Nissan Teanna “hit him off his bike.”
One of the suspects got out of the car, pulled out a handgun and began “discharging shots in the direction of the victim.”
The teen was shot multiple times in the chest. He ran into a home on McCullough Corner, where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital by a private vehicle where he is listed in critical condition.
According to Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle the teen victim is an “associate” of the man suspected of being involved in the first attack on the Lily of the Valley Corner resident.
He also said officers from the Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit arrested a 23-year-old resident of King Street for questioning in connection with both shootings.
Police are unsure of the motive of the attacks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.