15-year-old injured in Winston-Salem shooting; suspect arrested

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 15-year-old was injured in a shooting in Winston-Salem on Wednesday afternoon, according to Winston-Salem police.

Officers were called to Timlic Avenue at 12:42 p.m. on a report of a teen with a gunshot wound to the leg.

The teen was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After the teen was shot, neighbors got into a car and followed a white vehicle where the shots are believed to have come from.

During the chase, people inside the white vehicle fired shots at the neighbors’ car. This caused the neighbors to crash into a guardrail near the U.S. 52 exit for Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

No one was hurt in the crash.

Investigators identified Jassy Salinas Vargas, 22, of Germanton, as a suspect in the shooting.

Winston-Salem police found Vargas getting into a vehicle at his home and tried to stop him when he drove off.

Police pursued Vargas until he crashed the vehicle and he was taken into custody. He is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Winston-Salem police said they believe the shooting likely stemmed from gang activity.

Following a search of Vargas’ home, he was also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Subsequent to further investigation into the incident, a second search warrant was executed on Sherbrooke Drive in Winston-Salem. Three people, including a juvenile, face charges stemming from that search, but it is unclear if they were involved in the shooting on Timlic Avenue.

Editor’s note: Police initially said the victim was 14 and that family members followed the suspect vehicle. The victim’s mother later clarified that the victim is 15 and it was people who lived in the area who followed the suspect vehicle, not family members.

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