SELMA – An innocent motorist was shot Thursday afternoon during a wild broad daylight shootout in Selma.
Selma Police Chief W.M. Thomas said it started around 1:10pm. Two people in a vehicle opened fire on individuals sitting on the porch of a home at the corner of Green Street and W. Martin Luther King Street.
Three people on the porch got into a car and began chasing the vehicle.
Police said multiple shots were exchanged between the two cars as they traveled along W. Noble Street.
At the intersection of Buffalo Road and W. Noble Street, near the railroad crossing, an innocent man driving a pickup truck was grazed in the head by a bullet.
He was transported to Wake Med Hospital where he was treated and later released.
Chief Thomas said officers located the first vehicle occupied by the two suspects a short time later in a business parking lot. The vehicle was riddled with bullets. The two suspects were arrested. Their names and charges have not been released.
Late-Thursday, Garner Police located the second bullet-riddled car and detained three juveniles suspects. They are in the process of being returned to Selma this evening and will face charges.
Chief Thomas said two guns were recovered.
Police said the shootout involved individuals known to one another and it was not a random act. Police said there had been an ongoing altercation between at least two of the individuals involved in today’s shooting.
Chief Thomas thanked the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and Garner Police Department for their assistance.