Goldsboro police are investigating the homicide of a 28-year-old man who was found shot to death after his vehicle slammed into a Walnut Street home Thursday morning.
Susan Flannigan, who lives in one of the apartments at 700 E. Walnut St., said she heard the loud boom of a car crashing into the side of her neighbor’s apartment around 4 a.m.
“I jumped out of bed, the cat jumped 20 feet into the air,” Flannigan said. “The house was shook. I thought Seymour Johnson (Air Force Base) was being bombed.”
Prior the crash, Goldsboro police responded to a ShotSpotter alert after gunshots rang out in the 300 block of South Leslie Street, located several blocks away.
On the way to that location, police officers found a vehicle that crashed into the Walnut Street home, said LaToya Henry, Goldsboro public information officer.
Police found the driver, Dashaunti Lavarious Waters, 28, of Seaboard Street, dead in a vehicle, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds, Henry said.
Waters’ death is being investigated as a homicide. No arrests have been made in the case.
Sherrie Edwards of Goldsboro said her bedroom wall and bathroom were damaged and that it was her apartment that was struck.
“My husband was (awake) because he was getting ready for work,” Edwards said. “They ran right into the (apartment).”
Edwards, who has only lived at 700 E. Walnut St. for six months, said she and her husband, Jerry, who she said works at Franklin Baking Co., were staying there temporarily while they tried to get back on their feet.
“We’re back at square one,” she said. “We got to find somewhere else, and we ain’t go no help or nothing.”
Flannigan said the driver of a silver Mazda car had braids and was on the phone when he crashed into the home.
“I thought it was a female because they had braids,” Flannigan said.
Afraid, she did not approach the car but noticed someone was in the passenger seat.
“Apparently the individual driving the vehicle had been shot down the street somewhere,” Flannigan said.
Before hitting the house, Flannigan said the car drove through a fence and a pole.
She said her neighbor Sherrie Edwards’ bathroom toilet and sink were lying on the floor and that the bathroom floor was raised.
Flannigan said that as a result of the crash, neither she or Edwards have running water and the wreck left them traumatized.
“We were shook out for a few hours,” Flannigan said.
Police were not available to provide further details.
“No additional information will be released at this time,” Henry said.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Criminal Investigations Division, at the Goldsboro Police Department, at 919-580-4210 or Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.