No fatalities in six weekend shootings

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 06:28 PM

Henderson police are following up on reports of six shootings that took place over the weekend within several blocks of the intersection of Rock Spring and Williams streets.

Three people suffered gunshot injuries. Jermaine Knott, a 21-year-old, was shot at on Friday, and then was shot at and hit with a non-threatening bullet injury on Sunday. Knott, of 1000 Foster Road, Lot 44, Henderson, had also been the target of a robbery shooting last Wednesday.

Robert Ross, 22, is a suspect and wanted by police in connection to the Wednesday shooting.

Ball declined to respond to question about whether or not the shootings indicate any gang- or drug-related dispute, or whether Knott is an intended target of repeat incidents.

Ross is wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon in relation to the Wednesday incident, according to Ball. Knott’s 1997 Jeep Cherokee was struck after a 3:21 p.m., robbery Wednesday at Gate City Foods on West Andrews Avenue.

Stray rounds struck True Faith in Christ Church on Williams Street and a Kerr Area Transit Authority van in the 600 block of North Garnett Street on Friday.

Also struck on Friday was a silver Mitsubishi Galant in the roadway of Hatch Street near Water Street. Knott and another person of the same last name were listed on the police report as victims. The vehicle sustained nearly $1,000 damage from rounds striking the windshield, passenger side, front bumper and radiator.

On Saturday morning, a pet dog was reported shot on Rowland Street.

On Sunday, bullets struck a silver Toyota Avalon in the 200 block of Faulkner Drive and a brown 2013 Dodge Caravan in the 100 block of Rock Spring Street.

Knott and two others received bullet wound injuries in the Caravan, according to Lt. Christopher Ball.

Ball confirmed Jerome Kearney Jr. and Carleak Venable were struck in addition to Knott. The three were in a rental van when they were struck. All were treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

A police report noted that the rental van sustained $23,000 worth of damages.

Ball confirmed a stray bullet hit the KARTS van over the weekend. The police report indicated $500 damage to the side-roof area of the vehicle.

The dog was hit by a bullet, but the report does not indicate the extent of injuries or if treated by a veterinarian.

Ball said anyone with information in the shootings should call police at (252) 438-4141 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 492-1925 to leave a tip.

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office reported a residential home in the 5700 block of U.S. 158 Business sustained bullet damage to the exterior siding on Saturday at 11:20 p.m.


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