AYDEN, PITT COUNTY -

Ayden Police say a 21-year-old woman was shot during a birthday celebration on Saturday evening.

Ayden Police Chief, Barry Stanley, says a shooting happened on New Street at 9:21 p.m. Officers found a woman, suffering from gunshot wounds to her chest and abdomen.

The female victim was transported to Vidant Medical Center and is listed in serious condition, said officials.

The chief says five to ten shots were fired in to a crowd that had gathered for a birthday celebration.

Investigators do not believe the female victim was the intended target.

Police are searching for one person of interest.

Police say they are still investigating.