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Sheriff: Craigslist personal ad leads to shooting in Thomasville

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Davidson County sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting incident after a Thomasville man allegedly posted a personal ad online for a woman.

Sheriff David Grice said an 18-year-old Greensboro woman who responded to the man's ad went to a home on Park Street in the Pilot Community of Thomasville around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Sheriff Grice said the personal ad was posted on Craigslist.

Shortly after the woman arrived at the home, a masked man forced his way inside, Grice said.

"He’d been held at gunpoint and the man with the mask got distracted and the homeowner shoves him out the door," Grice explained at a press conference. "They’re fighting at the door. [The homeowner] trying to get the door closed and the guy starts shooting at the door.

Grice said when the masked man shot at the door, a shot hit the homeowner in the groin.

The sheriff said the homeowner returned fire, shooting both the woman and the masked man.

"When he got his weapon, they fled or were in the process of fleeing when he was able to shoot them," Grice said.

According to Grice, the masked man and woman then left the home in the same vehicle. They drove to the Guil-Rand Fire Department and were eventually taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

Grice said the masked man sustained life-threatening injuries. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The homeowner suffered a "serious, but non-life threatening injury," Grice said. The man's friends and neighbors said he came home from the hospital late Friday morning.

Sheriff Grice said deputies are investigating whether the woman and masked man worked together to set up the man who posted the Craigslist ad. He also said they'll have to figure out who could face charges in this scenario, where North Carolina's new Castle Doctrine law could come into play.

The Castle Doctrine designates when a person is allowed to use defensive force at their home, car, or business.

More on the law can be found at the General Assembly's website here:

Grice said the Davidson County Sheriff's office has never investigated a case that involved the Castle Doctrine before.

Names won't be released until an arrest is made and charges are filed, Grice said.

No other information was provided.

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