Kinston police investigating attempted murder

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina man is in the hospital after being shot multiple times.

Kinston Police say they were called about a man being shot near the 1200 block of North Independence Street around 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Officers say they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to ECU Health Medical Center where police say he is in fair condition.

Detectives are investigating the shooting as an attempted murder and are looking for the shooter(s) responsible.

Kinston resident, Judenia Ruffin, lives near Independence Street. She says she heard several gunshots, a sound she’s never heard in her neighborhood.

“You never hear a lot noise like that here,” Ruffin said. “It’s very peaceful in this neighborhood.”

The shooting happened just two houses down from Bobbie Williams. She says she didn’t hear the gunfire but police blocked off her street.

“As I was coming home, I recognized that they had the streets blocked so I had to drive all around and come up the end of the street to come home,’’ Williams said.

Williams is worried to let her grandchildren play outside, especially after four shootings occurred in the past three days on Herbert Drive, Stadiem Drive and Vernon Avenue.

As the city of Kinston endures a rise in shootings, Williams has one message for the community.

“We need to be watchful and prayerful and look out for one another and watch your surroundings,” Williams said.