Clues sought in shooting that injured girl


By Tom Joyce - tjoyce@civitasmedia.com



The Mount Airy Police Department is appealing to the public for clues about a drive-by shooting that injured an 11-year old girl.

“It’s very rare in Mount Airy,” Capt. Alan Freeman said of those kinds of incidents.

The one now being investigated by city police occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting into an occupied dwelling located at 1011 Old Rockford St., in the vicinity of Northern Hospital of Surry County.

Occupants of the residence advised that multiple shots were fired at the home from a vehicle traveling on a nearby roadway.

The 11-year-old female, who was in her bed inside the residence, was struck by one of the rounds. She suffered a non-life-threatening injury to her lower leg.

“From what we have been told, she is doing OK,” Freeman said Tuesday afternoon regarding the updated condition of the victim, whose name has not been released.

There apparently had been some problems between the two parties involved leading up to the shooting.

“It wasn’t random,” Freeman said of someone simply picking out a location to fire shots into.

“It had to be some dispute between those who shot and those people who were staying there,” he said of individuals at the home.

“We’ve collected evidence from the crime scene,” Freeman added of the progress of the investigation, but no further information has been released.

On Tuesday, officers including Freeman and Police Chief Dale Watson were busy chasing down leads that have been generated so far in the case.

Meanwhile, tips are sought from the public in attempt to hasten the arrest of whoever is responsible.

Anyone with information relating to the shooting is asked to call the Mount Airy Police Department at 336-786-3535 or Crimestoppers at 336-786-4000.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693.

By Tom Joyce

tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

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