Kinston police investigating string of shootings

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Kinston police are investigating a string of shootings that took place within twelve hours Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Investigators said the first shots fired call was received Saturday just after 7:30 p.m. on the 500 block of Green Mead Drive where the driver, Corey Maye, told police his car was shot at while he was driving. Officers did not find any shell casings in the area.

Then, two hours later, police were called to another shooting incident on the 1000 block of Pollock Street where the homeowner, Micro Croom, said his home was struck by gunfire. Croom and his wife, Sharon Croom, were home at the time, and officers recovered projectiles from the residence. There were no injuries.

Around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday, Kinston police were called to Viking Drive after another vehicle was hit by bullets. While officers were responding to the area, they received a report of a gunshot victim at the same home on the 1000 block of Pollock Street. When officers arrived, they found Rashad Jamal Oneal, 20, with an injury to the back of his head. Oneal was conscious and alert. He was transported to UNC Lenoir for treatment. His brother, Rashi Oneal, told officers they were chased by two vehicles while being fired upon. Rashid Oneal was uncooperative with law enforcement, police said.

A parked vehicle at the same home on the 1000 block of Pollock Street was shot twice on April 14. 

People who live in the community said the violence has to stop. Homeowners call their block a calm quiet area. They say 1104 Pollock St. is the exception.

“It’s a real good neighborhood. It’s just sometimes with these shootings, whoever it is, they need to move out. You know what I’m saying before an innocent bystander gets shot or something,” Kinston resident Marcus Jones said.

Officers spent Monday afternoon canvassing the area. The case is still under investigation.

“I think the incident themselves are an individual targeted that residence, but people that are just firing weapons randomly through another neighborhood it endangers everybody,” Captain Milton Kivett with the Kinston Police Department said.

Anyone with information on any of the shootings is asked to call Kinston Public Safety.

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