BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington police are looking for the person responsible for a shooting on Lakeside Avenue that injured one man and struck two homes with people inside.
Sgt. Drew Gerringer, with Burlington police, said that officers happened to be patrolling in the neighborhood when they heard gunfire at about 10 p.m. Sunday.
Officers did not recover a weapon, only bullet fragments. Shondell Howard, 19, is in stable condition after being shot in the foot.
“We do believe that the victim, who was shot in the foot, and this other individual have had some type of contact in the past and potentially an argument,” Gerringer said.
Two residences were struck across the street during the gunfire. Gerringer said those shots were unintended.
Neighbor Jacquleine Moore has lived on Lakeside Avenue for 30 years and is frustrated with the change in her community.
“When we moved here, most of the people in Burlington didn't know what Lakeside was -- that’s how quiet it was. But now, since they put these apartments and things, it's not a quiet place to live,” Moore said.
Gerringer said while the community may fear the recent shootings, it’s important to continue to offer tips, many anonymous, to investigators so the cases can be solved.
“We've seen an influx in the last few weeks, well few months, and we thank the community for that but we have to keep it up. We can't just keep going by the wayside,” Gerringer said.
Since the start of 2016, there have been 28 reported shootings in homes or dwellings in Burlington; 20 of those were occupied during the time of the shooting.