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North Carolina News – June 6, 2022

North Carolina News – June 6, 2022

Police: 17-year-old shot, killed; second juvenile wounded

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old was shot to death in a North Carolina city, while a second juvenile was wounded. Elizabeth City police said its officers responded on Sunday to gunshots at around 8:30 p.m., news outlets reported. When the officers arrived, they were told that two 17-year-olds had arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. According to police, one of the juveniles died from his wounds. The second victim is expected to survive. Police say they are conducting a homicide investigation and released no additional details.

NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL SHOOTING

Officials: Gun fired accidentally at NC hospital, 1 hurt

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a woman was shot and wounded when a gun went off accidentally at a hospital and police are searching for her brother. Wayne County officials said that the report of a shooting at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro on Sunday night prompted a lockdown. Officials tweeted Monday that responding officers found a woman with a gunshot wound to her leg that wasn’t considered life-threatening. Officers then searched and secured the hospital. Officials say investigators determined that the shooting was an accidental discharge. County spokesman Joe Gillie says police are searching for the injured woman’s brother. Officials say a warrant was obtained charging her brother with felony carrying a concealed weapon.

FRAUD SCHEME-STORES

FBI warns businesses in 8 Southern states of fraud scheme

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI in North Carolina is warning businesses in eight states about a scheme in which people are using stolen credit card numbers to make large purchases by telephone. A news release from the agency’s Charlotte Division on Monday says victims have been targeted in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The FBI said that so far in 2022, more than 100 businesses have been targeted, including tire stores, furniture stores, lumber companies, trailer businesses, and appliance stores. FBI Charlotte says it is working with several local law enforcement agencies on the investigation.

STRIP CLUB SHOOTING

Police: At least 3 injured in Durham strip club shooting

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say at least three people were seriously injured when gunfire erupted overnight in the parking lot of a North Carolina strip club. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday that witnesses reported a large disturbance in the establishment’s parking lot before the shots were fired. At least three people were hurt. They were taken to an area hospital by private vehicles. The sheriff’s office says investigators are processing a large number of shell casings, interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video.

AP-US-TEXAS-SCHOOL-SHOOTING-SCHOOL-POLICE

Students of color push back on calls for police in schools

After the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, schools around the country pledged to boost security measures and increased the presence of law enforcement on campus — partly to reassure parents and students. But police inside schools can make some students more uneasy, not less. Especially for Black students and other students of color, their personal experiences with policing can leave them feeling unsafe and alienated from school when they see officers on campus. Researchers have found that Black students report feeling less safe around police officers than their white peers.

TEEN DAUGHTER SLAIN

North Carolina man gets death sentence in daughter’s killing

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to death for the 2019 murder of his teenage daughter. That’s according to the local prosecutor’s office, which issued a news release Friday. The Union County District Attorney’s Office says a jury handed the sentence down after about three hours of deliberations following the three-week trial of 35-year-old Joshua Lee Burgess. Authorities said Burgess killed his daughter in 2019. He was also convicted of sexual crimes. The prosecutor’s office called the killing especially heinous and cruel.Authorities said at the time of Burgess’s arrest that he had walked into a sheriff’s office and confessed to the killing.

HOUSE-CLOSE RACE

After deadlock, Bhakta gains vote to win NC House primary

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A western North Carolina hotelier has won a state House primary after gaining one vote in a hand recount, when previous tallies had showed him tied with his fellow Republican rival. Pratik Bhakta earned the GOP nomination Friday over Sherry Higgins after the Buncombe County Board of Elections certified the results. The county canvass had shown the two candidates in the May 17 primary each with 3,145 votes. That led to a mandatory recount that began Wednesday. The certification means Bhakta will take on Democratic candidate Lindsey Prather in November. Higgins and Bhakta would have had a July 26 runoff had the tie remained.

COCAINE IN WHEELCHAIR

Officials at airport seize cocaine stashed in wheelchair

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man has been arrested in North Carolina after he was stopped in the Charlotte airport with over 23 pounds of cocaine concealed in the seat cushions of a motorized wheelchair. According to a news release, U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the traveler as he was arriving from the Dominican Republic this week. Officials said they had questions about his use of the wheelchair. They found four packages containing cocaine in the seat cushions. The news release said it had an estimated street value of $378,000.

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