A 3-year-old child was hospitalized Thursday after being injured in a drive-by shooting that happened in broad daylight on Hugh Street on Thursday.
The shooting was reported at 11:11 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Hugh Street according to LaToya Henry, Goldsboro public information officer. The child was a passenger in the vehicle when the shooting happened.
Goldsboro police did not identify the child.
The child was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care for treatment and then transported to ECU Health in Greenville for further treatment.
The child’s parents, who were not injured, were also in the vehicle and were identified as Monquize Davis and Juaneneshia Armstrong. The shooter was in a separate vehicle.
An initial report from Goldsboro police stated the shooting happened on Bunche Drive and two people living on Bunche Drive said they saw and heard a car drive down the road and shots being fired before the shooting on Hugh Street was reported.
Nikki Wellington was one of those people.
“These guys came driving down the street and firing all the way down the road,” she said. “They went to the end of the street and turned to Slocumb Street and toward Hugh Street.”
Wellington said she and her family are safe and that Thursday’s incident is not the first time a shooting has happened on Bunche Drive.
“About a year ago on Easter, someone came down this road and shot up our house.”
Eugene Seward lives three houses down from Wellington on Bunche Drive and said he heard the shots from inside his house.
“It’s getting to be like the old west around this city,” he said. “It’s anywhere and everywhere now, though I’ve got a brick house so I feel fairly safe.”
Police tape was still strung around a light pole in front of an apartment on Hugh Street Thursday afternoon.
People who live on Hugh Street were willing to talk about the shooting Thursday afternoon, but were not willing to be identified, saying they feared retaliation for talking publicly about the incident.
Thursday’s shooting is now the 19th reported in the city this year and the second this year reported on Hugh Street. Tyrese Hines, 17, was shot March 28 at 911 Hugh St. He has since recovered from his injuries.
Anyone with information about any of the shootings reported in the city this year is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.