WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A man who was trying to keep the peace after a fight broke out at a Winston-Salem park became the victim of the violence Sunday evening.
Police say they responded to Winston Lake Park for a report of a shooting at 5:36 p.m. Sunday. There, they found a large party at Shelter 2, where they say there were about 150 people.
“Respect the people that’s out here just trying to enjoy it,” said Marty McCollum, who tells FOX8 he’s been coming to the park since the 1970s.
Investigators say within a few minutes of their arrival to the park, a man named Jason Shannon was at a local hospital after being shot in the left knee.
“That’s not right,” said Bobby Lowery, who left the park only to return to the commotion. “Right is right, wrong is wrong.”
Police say Shannon was alert at the hospital when they interviewed him. Their investigation found that a fight broke out at the park and when Shannon tried to break it up he was shot.
“The enemy jumps in people,” Lowery said. “The devil is so busy, it’s corrupting people.”
Winston Lake Park is not only a popular gathering spot for families, but for fishermen and women.
“It’s just a peaceful place. It’s a place where you can come and relax,” Lowery said. “We don’t have no violence out here. Everything is cool, calm and collective.”
The park is also home to the newly-opened Winston Waterworks water park and is located next to Atkins High School.
“People got to stop the violence,” Lowery said.
Police have not made any arrests, nor have they named any suspects. Their investigation is ongoing.