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4 wounded in Winston-Salem drive-bys


This news story was published on April 9, 2012.
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News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. –

WINSTON-SALEM — Four people were wounded Sunday night in two separate incidents that police believe are related.

Three people were wounded at an apartment complex after someone shot them with a semi-automatic rifle. The fourth victim, an 11-year-old girl from Georgia, was wounded as she sat next to her mother in a car on Interstate 40.

None of the injuries are life-threatening. Winston-Salem police are looking for the shooter and three other people who were seen with him in a dark four-door car.

Police gave this account:

At 11 p.m. Sunday, a large crowd had gathered outside an apartment complex in the 900 block of East 2nd Street. An argument broke out between two smaller groups of people.

Four men walked away and got into a vehicle. As the vehicle drove off, one man got out and started shooting. Three people in the apartment parking lot were wounded. Several rounds hit the apartments but did not hurt anyone inside.

One bullet hit a gas meter, and the apartment complex was evacuated until Piedmont Natural Gas could shut off the natural gas leak.

Police identified the victims as Penny Yvette Eldridge, 50; Ashley Nicole Clark, 23; and Corey Donte Raiford, 34. All three live in Winston-Salem.

Police did not say what the argument was about, and it was not clear if the shooter and victims might have known each other.

Several minutes after the apartment complex incident, police got a call about a second shooting on westbound Interstate 40 near the Stratford Road exit.

Tammie Evette McClenny and her three children were driving home to Georgia after visiting family in Winston-Salem when the vehicle involved in the earlier shooting pulled up on her passenger side.

Several shots were fired at her car, shattering the windows and bursting the tires. McClenny’s 11-year-old daughter, sitting in the front passenger seat, was wounded. No one else in the car was hurt.

Police have no suspects in either incident.

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