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Winston-Salem police respond to three shootings in two days

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem experienced two homicides last week and three shootings in the last two days.

The first shooting -- a domestic shooting -- happened Monday night near Cedar Lake Trail. The victim in that shooting is listed in serious but stable condition.

The second shooting happened Tuesday night on Old Greensboro Road. Two victims were shot in a drive-by but are both expected to be OK.

The third shooting also happened Wednesday night, on Tise Avenue. The victim in that shooting is listed in serious condition.

The drive-by shooting could have been a lot worse, according to Karl Jones, who lives in the home near where the shooting happened.

“Innocent bystanders could have been hit,” Jones said.

Jones described a silver Nissan Altima, which he said drove by his home while the two victims were in his driveway. The vehicle then came back, and that’s when the shooting occurred.

“First three shots went off, and then after three shots went off like seven more came behind it,” Jones said.

Two of Jones’ friends had been shot, one in the leg, the other in the shoulder.

But Jones also said there could have been more victims. Not only were he and his sister outside, but his young nieces and nephews were asleep inside.

“A bullet could have gone through the house and hit one of them,” Jones said.

“Sometimes there are crime sprees that occur -- or incidents that occur -- within a short time period,” said Capt. Doug Nance, of the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Nance does not believe the shootings were connected and does not believe they were random.

“I would consider this just an unfortunate event,” Nance said. “I don't think the community itself has anything to be concerned with.”