4 shot, including teen, in separate shootings, Statesville police say

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Four people were shot in Statesville, including a 16-year-old boy, in two separate shootings, police said.

It is unknown if they are connected.

The first shooting happened Tuesday night on Fifth Street.

Another shooting happened Wednesday morning along Monroe Street where residents said they heard about 12 shots fired.

Two brothers were sitting on their porch on Monroe Street when shots rang out.

“It came out of nowhere,” said Cam Miller.

He said one of the rounds struck his younger brother, Azariah Chambers, in the chest.

The 22-year-old recently returned home from Fayetteville State University.

“I got my little brother to the hospital,” Miller said. “(I) grabbed him and put him in the car.”

The shooting on Monroe Street happened 16 hours after three other people, including a 16-year-old, were shot on Fifth Street.

As a precaution, the school district put Northview Academy and Statesville High School under a safety alert.

City Councilman Frederick Foster visited the shooting scene and said they’ve had community meetings about gun violence in Ward 6 and elsewhere.

“It’s too much,” Foster said. “It’s getting to be random. And the more we try to work harder, we get these setbacks. But we’re going to keep the faith and keep trying to move forward”

There was marijuana and three guns in a car at the shooting on Fifth Street, police said.

The 16-year-old was treated and released from the hospital after being shot in the leg.

Chambers’ condition is not known.

The department says the investigation is still active and ongoing.

This is a developing story; check back at wsoctv.com for updates.

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