WELDON, N.C. — Authorities are investigating after a child was shot to death just hours after a teen was killed in another shooting overnight in Halifax County.
WTVD is reporting that the first shooting happened at 9:30 p.m. in the area near 11th and Maple streets outside the town of Weldon.
Deputies say a 15-year-old boy was killed, while a 20-year-old was shot in the back and a 17-year-old was shot in the leg during the incident.
Hours later around 12:30 a.m., Weldon police were called to the 600 block of Cedar Street after someone reported shots being fired into a home.
A 2-year-old girl, later identified as Dy’Uanna Anderson, who was sleeping inside the house was killed in the shooting, according to police. The child’s 54-year-old grandmother Katherine Price, who was also inside the home, was reportedly injured. The police chief says she is in critical condition.
The girl’s grandfather said early Tuesday morning that he, his daughter and granddaughter were sleeping when they heard three shots fired.
Police say the gunman walked up to the house, then fired shots in through the window.
It is unclear if the two shootings are related. Both incidents are still under investigation at this time.
Details about a possible suspect have not been released, but authorities did say they are looking for at least one person.
The child’s aunt, Juanita Richardson, told police she believes one of the incidents was connected to a dispute between teenage girls.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 252-583-8201, the Weldon Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.