Mom of victim in Kinston shooting: 'I'm going to find my son's killer'

2 others hurt in triple shooting, police say

Mom of victim in Kinston shooting: 'I'm going to find my son's killer'

KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - The mother of a young man killed in a triple shooting in Kinston told NewsChannel 12 she has no idea why her son was targeted.

"I know my son don't bother nobody [sic]. My son had no beef out here in these streets- no beef at all," said Tonuja Suggs of her son, James Arthur Franklin.

The 20-year-old Franklin died at the scene of the shooting at 205 E. Capitola Ave, just west of Grainger Stadium, said Woody Spencer of the Kinston Department of Public Safety.  Police got the call at about 1:27 p.m. Tuesday.

Two other victims suffered gunshot wounds, Spencer said. They have been identified as 21-year-old Dexter Bradshaw and 20-year-old Taishianna Hall. Bradshaw was taken to Vidant Medical Center and Hall was transported to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, but their conditions have not been released.

Suggs said Hall was her son's girlfriend. The couple were living in Greensboro, but came down to Kinston Tuesday because Hall had a court appearance. The couple  then visited family members on Capitola Avenue. But when they, along with their best friend, Bradshaw, got into a car to leave, someone began firing shots into the vehicle, Suggs said.

Suggs said her son was shot in the head and killed.

"I'm going to find my son's killer. One way or another, I'm going find my son's killer," said Suggs. "I thank everybody for coming over here, talking to me, supporting me. But I need answers. I need to know who killed my son, and why. That's all I want to know."

At least check, police said the gunman was still at large. Officers said they were looking for a green Pontiac. A motive was unknown.

The State Bureau of Investigation is helping Kinston Police with the case.

About an hour after that deadly shooting, another shooting was reported in Kinston a little more than a mile away.

Officers were at the St. James AME Church at 402 E. Shrine St. According to the alleged victim, Alma Joyce Hawkins, she was inside her SUV when shots were fired into her vehicle. Hawkins said she ducked down while her daughter and 4-year-old granddaughter, who were both standing outside the SUV, rolled under the vehicle to protect themselves. None of them were hit, Hawkins told NewsChannel 12.

Police did not say if the incident was related to the earlier shooting in Kinston.

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