Mother Pleads For Justice In Dollar General Shooting

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CRAVEN COUNTY - The mother of one of the Dollar General shooting victims is asking for help.

Linda Phillips is pleading for anyone who knows anything about the shooting to contact the police.  An armed robber shot Phillips' son, Chris Phillips, as well as Dante Dillahunt Tuesday at the Neuse Boulevard Dollar General in New Bern.

"Turn the rascal in," Linda asks.

Chris told his mother the shooter walked into the store shortly before 2 p.m. and, without saying anything, started shooting.  Police say the shooter then took money and left; he's been on the run since.  Phillips was shot in the stomach, according to his mother.  A Vidant Medical Center employee told us Wednesday night that Phillips is no longer listed as a patient.

Dante Dillahunt was shot in the face, police said. 

Tisha Chesnutt lives in the neighborhood where Dante grew up, just down the street from the Dollar General Store where he worked. Chesnutt says she went to high school with Dante at West Craven High School, where Dante was a student athlete.

"I really got to know him when I was going in and out of the store and talking with him and everything, and he seemed like a really nice guy," said Chesnutt.  "I'm hoping his family and everything gets through and saying prayers for him, ya know."

Dillahunt was in critical condition, but Wednesday night, a Vidant Medical Center employee told us he is improving and is now in good condition.

Anyone with information about the robbery and shooting at the Dollar General Store, call New Bern Police at (252) 672-4100.

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