60-year-old murder victim in Winston-Salem was ‘chosen randomly,’ police say

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The victim in an overnight shooting in Winston-Salem has been identified and two people are in custody, according to a news release from Winston-Salem police.

Norman Kennard Carter Jr. and Nakia Danielle Foster

Norman Kennard Carter Jr. and Nakia Danielle Foster

Norman Kennard Carter Jr., 20, of Rural Hall, is charged with murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Nakia Danielle Foster, 20, of Charlotte, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Winston-Salem police officers responded to the 1200 block of East 23rd Street at 2:19 a.m. Tuesday on a reported shooting.

When officers arrived, they located 60-year-old Alphonzo Singletary, of Winston-Salem, dead at the scene, the release said.

A witness at the scene gave officers a description of the suspects' vehicle and, minutes later, patrol officers stopped a vehicle matching that description on Liberty Street.

The driver was identified as Foster and one of the passengers was identified as Carter. Officers also located a shotgun in the vehicle, the release said.

Based on evidence gathered, Winston-Salem police believe the two were traveling in the area of East 23rd Street and North Cleveland Avenue. As the vehicle traveled through the area, Carter allegedly fired multiple shots from the vehicle.

A dwelling at 1403 E. 23rd St. and a vehicle parked at the residence were struck by gunfire. No injuries occurred.

In the 1200 block of East 23rd Street, the two encountered Singletary as he was walking on the sidewalk. According to the release, Carter allegedly fired at least one shot from the vehicle striking Singletary in the lower back. Singletary died at the scene.

"The evidence gathered during this investigation indicates that the targets of these crimes were chosen randomly and were not known to the offenders in this incident," the release said.

Carter is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond allowed.

Foster is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $2 million secured bond.

No other suspects are being sought, the release said.

Anyone with additional information on these crimes is asked to call Winston-Salem police at (336) 773-7700.