Gunshot fired outside Hanes Mall as bail bondsmen tried to take a man into custody

Nathaniel Artillery Taylor

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A gunshot was fired in the parking lot of Hanes Mall on Saturday as bail bondsmen tried to take a man into custody.

Police were called to the mall at 3320 Silas Creek Pkwy. shortly before 7:30 p.m. in reference to a gunshot, according to a police press release.

Authorities said bail bondsmen were trying to take Nathaniel Artillery Taylor into custody for several outstanding orders for arrest.

One of the bail bondsmen tried to approach Taylor in a vehicle outside the mall and Taylor took off, according to police.

Police said a bail bondsmen in the vehicle’s path fired his weapon at Taylor, striking the vehicle.

Taylor hit another vehicle in the mall’s parking lot and a second vehicle on Hanes Mall Boulevard. The drivers of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

Taylor continued driving until his vehicle stopped in the driveway of the Silas Creek Crossing shopping center. He then got out and ran. Police are still looking for him.

Police said Taylor was the only person in his vehicle and there is no indication that he was shot.

He has been described as a 29-year-old black man last seen wearing a blue and green dyed T-shirt.

The bail bondsmen are regulated by the Department of Insurance, but do not work for them and are not authorized to carry weapons, according to the Department of Insurance.

Warrants were drawn against Taylor for careless and reckless driving and two counts of hit and run. Additional charges may be coming.

Anyone with any information about Taylor’s whereabouts can call CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.