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Police seek tips in Smithfield shooting

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SMITHFIELD — Police are working multiple leads in a Monday night shooting that wounded a 20-year-old man. 

Capt. Ryan Sheppard said police were dispatched to the Pine Needle Shopping Center, 721 N. Smithfield Blvd., after reports of shots being fired. When police arrived at 9:37 p.m., Sheppard said neither a victim or shooter were located.

About two minutes later, Sheppard said police were dispatched to Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1230 N. Brightleaf Blvd., almost a mile away. The shooting victim, Jeffrey Williams, was found with a single gunshot wound. Sheppard said Williams confirmed the shooting took place at the Pine Needle Shopping Center. 

Williams was taken to a regional hospital, said Sheppard, and his condition is unknown. Neither a motive nor the alleged shooter’s identity have been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121 or the anonymous tip line at 919-989-8835. Anonymous tips can also be left on the town of Smithfield’s website, smithfield-nc.com/page/policeanonymoustip.

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