TARBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an innocent woman was shot to death in a drive-by Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
Officials said in a press release that the sheriff’s office communications center received a “shots fired” call at around 5:30 a.m. in the 200-block of Ellis Road near Tarboro.
Deputies who responded to the scene found 30-year-old Jewelry Redmond dead inside a home when they arrived there.
A preliminary investigation has revealed Redmond was inside her home when shots were fired from the street into her residence. At least one of the bullets struck Redmond, killing her. No one else was injured.
Her family declined to speak at this time but Lt. Robert Tinder with the Edgecombe Sheriff’s office said, “They are upset as you would imagine any family would be. When they lose a family member that is very traumatic. And they are doing the best that they can.”
Tinder also said investigators “believe she was an innocent victim of a targeted situation.”
Officers said they don’t have a clear description of the suspect’s vehicle at this time. CBS 17 also attempted to talk with neighbors who said this isn’t the first time a fatal shooting has happened in this home. For safety reasons, they declined an on-camera interview.
Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson Jr. is urging anyone who knows something to speak up.
“We can’t solve all the cases by ourselves and we need help from the public. If you were on Ellis Rd or 64 Alternate of Tarboro area this morning and you saw something suspicious, maybe a car speeding away, please contact the sheriff’s office,” Lt. Tinder told CBS17.
Anyone with information should call the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 641-7944 or call Lt. Tinder at (252) 641-7934.