Police searching for NC man accused of firing shots while children played outside

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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – The Salisbury Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding a man who is believed to be responsible for shooting a man multiple times Saturday evening at the Brookview apartment complex off of South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

A warrant for attempted murder has been issued for Corey Parnell Sims, 29. Sims has been identified as the person who shot the victim before fleeing the scene.

While Sims is not in custody, neighbors say they are uneasy, especially one mother who says her daughter was playing outside when it happened.

“Now she’s feeling kind of scared,” said Shirron White, the mother of a young girl who she says was playing outside in the apartment complex at the time of the shooting.

“I tell her you hear something like firecrackers just get down and hold her head,” said White.

That safety lesson comes from White’s years of dealing with gun violence in other cities.

She says she moved to the Brookview Apartments in Salisbury for her daughter to have a safer place to grow up.

“My son was shot, and my daughter has seen a lot of the things in Delaware and I don’t want her to go through that here,” said White.

What happened on Saturday evening according to Salisbury Police is an attempted murder.

Corey Sims fired at 32-year-old Michael Connor, police say.

Connor was taken to the hospital then airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for his injuries.

“It’s kind of scary knowing we’re right here,” said Amy Walton, a resident at Brookview. “Too close for that to be going on, we just want it to stop.”

White says the shooting came too close to her little girl.

“It’s not safe because the kids out here playing I mean come on you gotta look out for the kids,” said White.

Neighbors say many kids live in the neighborhood and play outside.

For White, that means more lessons for her daughter about what to do if shots ring out.

“We learned if anything happens you just have to lay down and play dead,” said White

Police believe that Sims may be near the town of Mocksville at this time.

Members of the public are urged not to approach him if they see him but to instead call 911, or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245, or contact the Salisbury Police Department by Facebook Messenger.

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