BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police in Burlington are trying to determine if two shootings within an hour of one another Sunday night and Monday morning are related.
Police said Noe Palacios Garcia, 22, was discovered with several gunshot wounds at the intersection of West Webb Avenue and Trollinger Street just after 11 p.m.
Leon Sellers heard four or five gunshots from his home on Trollinger.
“We stayed in the house,” said Sellers. “When we did come out we saw that the police had already gotten here.”
Sellers said that response time was five minutes or less. He said he never heard Garcia cry for help.
Garcia was airlifted to the Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He’s listed in serious but stable condition.
Around 12 a.m. police were called to the hospital for another gunshot victim.
Martin Corona Rodriguez, 37, told police he was in front of his home in the 300 block of South Ireland Road when a car drove by and fired one shot into his chest. Rodriguez was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle. According to police, he has been treated and released from the hospital.
Rodriguez told police that the car with the shooter was a dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Ford or a Buick. He did not give police a good description of how many people were inside the vehicle.
Police said without being able to talk to Garcia they haven’t been able to determine if the two shootings a mile and a half apart had anything to do with each other.
“We’ve had detectives out canvassing the neighborhood where the second gunshot victim resides,” said Captain Jeff Wood of the Burlington Police Department.
If you have any information that could help in the investigation call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3503 or Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100.