PreddyFest organizer hurt in shooting

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

OXFORD — Oxford police are looking for suspects involved in a shooting Sunday night on Orange Street that injured a driver passing through the neighborhood.

Detective Bryan Carey of the Oxford Police Department responded to the incident around 8:45 p.m., but 54-year-old Allen Rodney Preddy was already on the way to Duke University Hospital by the time he arrived.

Carey said multiple gunshots were fired late Sunday on Orange Street near Gregory Place but only one bullet broke through the back windshield of Preddy’s truck and struck his right eye.

He said no other injuries were reported.

“No one has been arrested at this time, and the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

He said anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Oxford Police Department at (919) 693-3161 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 693-3100.

Preddy, of Franklinton, was driving to pick up some items from the AutoZone on Linden Avenue, said his fiancee, April Cobb.

“He was just riding through a neighborhood he had never been in and had made a wrong turn,” she said. “It seemed to be a random stray bullet.”

She said he has lost sight in his right eye, as a result of the gunshot injury.

“He drove himself from the scene to AutoZone, and there they called 911,” she said.

She said he has been released from the hospital, and his health is improving.

Cobb and Preddy have helped organize a Bluegrass festival in Franklinton called PreddyFest since 1997.

This will be PreddyFest’s 17th year — and Cobb said it will take place as planned July 31.

“There are enough friends and family in the community that it will go on,” she said.

 

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