On May 28, a paramedic for Lenoir County Emergency Services responded to a call in Kinston and was attending to a patient outside the ambulance when a vehicle slammed into the front of the EMS vehicle, WAVY reported.
After the crash, a person got out of the vehicle and started shooting a gun, officials said.
Investigators determined the shooting suspect’s vehicle, a gray Toyota sedan, was approaching the ambulance while a white vehicle was driving in the opposite direction. As the two vehicles crossed paths, WAVY reported, the passenger in the Toyota started shooting at the white vehicle, causing the white vehicle to crash into the EMS vehicle.
When a person got out of the white vehicle and started shooting, the paramedic was caught in the crossfire, officials said. She was hit in the upper torso and arm area.
The paramedic, whose identity was being withheld, was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and released on May 29, according to authorities.
Officials said the occupants in the white vehicle fled, but the driver eventually returned to the scene. The gray vehicle also fled the scene.
The Kinston Police Department was able to obtain video of the incident and they quickly identified the possible owner of the gray vehicle. Officers went to the home of that owner, but upon arrival saw another vehicle pulling out of the driveway. They stopped the vehicle and two people were inside, along with guns, WAVY reported.
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Police detained those two people and they were brought in for questioning. Officers also obtained a search warrant for the home, where they found two additional guns, authorities said.
Investigators said they identified the suspected shooter in the passenger side of the gray Toyota sedan as 23-year-old Brennan Dijuon Hill. His parents brought him to the police station, where he was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on an Emergency Person and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, officials said.
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He was booked into Lenoir County Jail and is being held without bond.
The case is still under investigation and other suspects are likely to be arrested, police said.
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