6-year-old girl, adult man shot allegedly after basketball rolls into neighbor’s yard
04/20/2023 1:27 pm PDT
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (TCD) -- Law enforcement officials located a wanted 24-year-old who is accused of shooting a 6-year-old girl and adult male this week.
On Tuesday, April 18, at 7:44 p.m., Gaston County Police officers responded to the 4700 block of Greer Street near the city of Gastonia for report of a shooting with injuries. Two victims, the adult male and juvenile female, were transported to Caromont Medical Center with one person in serious condition and the other in stable condition. A bullet grazed a woman and another man was shot at but not injured.
Gaston County Police identified the suspected shooter as Robert Louis Singletary and announced there is a warrant out for his arrest on four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
In a Wednesday update, police said the adult male remains hospitalized, but the juvenile and woman grazed by the bullet were treated and released.
WCNC-TV reports neighbors said the shooting started when some of the kids in the area were playing basketball and the ball rolled into Singletary’s yard.
The juvenile’s mother, Ashley Hilderbrand, said the girl had a bullet fragment in her cheek.
Gaston County Police Chief Stephen Zill said the department "conducted a large-scale search overnight" and they’ve partnered with the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force to find Singletary.
Hilderbrand had one message for Singletary: "Just please turn yourself in."
On Thursday, April 20, the Gaston County Police Department announced Singletary was located in Tampa and surrendered to authorities. Police also identified the adult male as William James White and said he remains in serious condition at a hospital in Charlotte.
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