WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities are warning drivers in Wilson County to be on alert after multiple reports of vehicles shot at and hit by bullets while traveling on U.S. Route 264 East.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office says at least five vehicles were shot at between mile marker 38-40 on Highway 264 Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s scary. It’s frightening that someone would stoop to this level. It’s just very cruel. I just never thought something like this would happen to me,” said Jill Walston. Walston was in the backseat while her son was driving eastbound on Highway 264 just after 2:00 p.m. when they heard a loud noise.
“I kind of hollered a little bit in the car and scooted over,” she said. “I said what’s that? What happened?” Walston’s car was hit by a bullet Monday on the passenger side where she was sitting.
“It didn’t sound like retread off of a tire. It didn’t sound like a rock,” said Dustin Walston. “It radiated throughout the vehicle.”
Walston says it was only when they got home, they noticed the hole in the side of the car. After seeing the Bailey Police Department’s Facebook post about the shootings, they called authorities. A deputy who looked at Walston’s car confirmed a bullet hit it, she said.
“I was driving home on 264 East today and I was very nervous for the 45-minute drive. It really raises your awareness. It’s really scary because someone could be killed. I was very thankful my mom wasn’t hurt because it happened on her side of the vehicle,” said Walston.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday’s shootings happened between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and that the centralized location of the shots fired was U.S. 264 Alternate near the Interstate 95 exit.
“Wilson County Sheriff’s Office saturated the area to investigate the calls,” said a press release. “Throughout the night and morning, we have been working the case and patrolling the area for additional evidence.”
The sheriff’s office said there is currently no evidence indicating that the shootings were intentional or unintentional.
Multiple deputies and members of North Carolina State Highway Patrol were seen patrolling the area Thursday afternoon. A deputy told CBS 17 they continued to have reports of shots fired at cars Thursday.
“You’re jeopardizing people’s lives, their families. There are consequences for that. Just know you will be found and there are consequences for that,” said Walston.
The shootings are under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
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