PITT COUNTY - A 13-year-old girl was shot early Tuesday at a Pitt County home during what investigators believe was a drive-by shooting.
Someone shot into the home on Caleb Street, just east of Greenville, at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. At least three bullet holes were found on a window of the home; at least two more bullet holes were found on the Lexus parked outside.
Cherkaryan Barrett and her three children were inside the home at the time of the shooting, deputies said.
The 13-year-old victim, Cherdavron Barrett, was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, investigators said. At last check, Barrett was listed in stable condition, deputies said.
Angela Toon lives across the street from where the incident happened.
"Well I had just went to bed and all of a sudden I heard 5 or 6 loud boom boom booms and got up and my dog was going crazy and I reckon to protect and I came outside and I asked my girls 'Did y'all hear that? Somebody is shooting out here,'" Toon said.
Nikeshia Cox lives next door with her two children, including her 1-year-old son.
"Well me and my kids was asleep and I heard like 6 gunshots so I grabbed my kids," she said.
Cox said she then hit the floor and her Godmother called for help.
"At first I thought it was firecrackers because normally I hear that like every night but then it was real loud so it couldn't have been any kind of firecracker," Cox said.
Deputies said they're still sifting through all the evidence at this point. They do not believe this was a random shooting and the family that was inside was not the intended victim, according to authorities. They believe an acquaintance of the family was the target.
"My daughter's bedroom is right there on the same end and she sleeps with my granddaughter and all I could think of is what if they had shot through that window. You know it could be grandbaby or my kid," Toon said.
"I'm like scared because this is a real nice quiet neighborhood with lots of kids and I really want my kids to be safe," Cox said.
Investigators are following up on leads but at last check, no one is in custody.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777. Callers can remain anonymous.
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