Victims identified in deadly apartment shooting in Warsaw

WARSAW, N.C. (WITN) – Warsaw Police have identified the victims in killed a shooting at an apartment complex Monday night as 32-year-old Phillip Troublefield and 24-year-old Debbie Castillo Cortez, both of Warsaw.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at Tanglewood Apartments at the intersection of Yancey and Matthews street, Monday night and found 4 people in a vehicle.

Troublefield and Cortez were pronounced dead on the scene. The two other victims, who have not yet been identified, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say they do not believe this was a random act of violence and there is no perceived ongoing threat to the public at this time.

Warsaw police told Tanglewood property management none of the people involved in the shooting were residents of the apartment complex.

Stray bullets went through the windows and into the vinyl siding of several buildings in the complex. Residents say the car with the two victims crashed into a parked car in the complex after shots were fired.

The parked car had severe damage to the passenger doors.

People in town reacted saying, “I mean it’s the holidays you know? I mean how do you explain to the families? I mean like I said I don’t know the full situation but, I just pray for the families and I pray for the people that are in the hospital that everything pulls through for them,” said Melissa Murphy, a resident in Warsaw.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation. Warsaw police are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Warsaw police department at 910-293-7816.

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