Park ‘n Shop shooting still under investigation

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SILER CITY — Siler City’s police department is still investigating a shooting that occurred at the Park ‘n Shop gas station, located at 201 E. 11th St., on July 9, but charges are pending.

The department responded to a call placed right before 7 p.m. on that Saturday evening, according to Lt. Andrew Freeman, the commander of the SCPD Patrol Division. Police were on the scene in a matter of minutes, but by the time officers arrived, Freeman said the chaos had settled and those involved disbursed.

The Park ‘n Shop’s building sustained broken glass and bullet holes; the car wash behind the gas station was also struck by one round of ammunition, according to the SCPD.

The scene was cleared just after 9 p.m. after responding officers collected evidence, according to Freeman. The investigation is ongoing, according to Freeman and Siler City Police Chief Mike Wagner.

“We investigated a 911 call for two parties exchanging gunfire in the parking lot.” Wagner said.  “The case is still under investigation and charges are pending.”

Freeman said multiple witnesses have come forward with evidence, including video footage of the shooting. He said the department is working to narrow its list of potential suspects in the incident.

The exact charges for the incident are still pending, but once individuals have been identified, charges will be filed. Freeman said once that happens, he hopes those people involved in shootout will be apprehended within 48 hours.

“The people who have come forward already have been very helpful,” Freeman said. “We have had a lot of tips come in, and if any one has seen anything, please do not hesitate to contact the police department.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Reporter Taylor Heeden can be reached at theeden@chathamnr.com or on Twitter at @HeedenTaylor.

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