WILLIAMSTON, MARTIN COUNTY - Police in Martin County have arrested a suspect who allegedly shot a man, led officers on a high-speed chase, then --while armed with a gun-- fled into hospital emergency room. The victim said he intended to kill him while he was in the hospital.
Kendall Raymond Gonzalez, 29, of Williamston, faces a long list of charges, including attempted first-degree murder. He is being held under a $1 million bond.
According to Williamston Police, it all started at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, when they went to the 400 block of Melborne Avenue in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, they found Gregory Williams suffering from several gunshot wounds. Police said Williams was shot on the 200 block of Slade Street, and identified Gonzalez as the shooter.
Williams said he was in his cousin's apartment when the shooting occured. Family members said Gonzalez has a child with that cousin, and believed Williams was having a relationship with her. The family said that is not the case.
Police said they soon found Gonzalez's vehicle on Willow Drive. But when they tried to pull him over, he led officers on a high-speed chase, said investigators. The officers pursued Gonzalez to Martin General Hospital, where he crashed into a parked vehicle. Gonzalez, still armed with a handgun, then ran into the hospital's emergency room, said police.
"The police tellin' us to get out of the hospital. Because he had a gun and they came in with their guns drawn and everything," said Williams' brother, John Coburn.
Williamston Police and deputies with the Martin County Sheriff's Office said they were able to quickly arrest the suspect. No further injuries were reported.
When Newchannel 12 spoke to Williams, he was at home and his face had been stitched up. "He gotta wake up in the morning and see the scars on his face. You see what I'm saying, he got to live with that," said Coburn.
Newschannel 12 contacted the family of Gonzalez for comment, but they refused.
Gozalez is being held under a $1 million bond in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail on the following charges:
One count of attempted first-degree murder
One count of second-degree burglary
One count of assault by pointing a gun
Three counts of first-degree kidnapping
Six counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official
Eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel
One count of felony fleeing to elude arrest
One count of failure to heed lights and siren
One count of careless and reckless driving to endanger
Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in court on March 26.