Several geese shot and killed at church cemetery

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. —

There's a search Friday to find the men who shot and killed several birds at a Rowan County cemetery. Only three survived the attack. Eyewitness News reporter Nate Stewart has the efforts to find those responsible.

"This is supposed to be a sacred place, right beside a church," said a woman who did not want to be identified.

She said she is disgusted at what happened at Rowan Memorial Park.

She said two men shot and killed several geese and ducks Monday at the park.

"There were so many hurt with broken wings and broken legs from the bullets we couldn't hardly get them," she said.

Rowan County Sheriff deputies have questions of their own.

Deputies responded after receiving a 911 call of someone shooting near the cemetery but said the men were gone when they showed up.

Two geese and one duck that survived are now in the care of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

Nancy Riggsbee said her team will try and to rehabilitate the birds.

They are also still working to find out who did it and why.

"We don't have all the facts," Riggsbee said. "That's one of the things we need to get to the bottom of. That's just cruel."

Riggsbee says the two geese and duck are recovering and will stay at the wildlife rescue.

Those who go to the park said they want justice for the birds and park goers.

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