Wayne County man shot multiple times inside home; suspect charged and in custody


One man is hospitalized and another is charged with attempted murder after a shooting in Dudley on Monday night, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Wayne County deputies and EMS responded to a shooting call at a home in the 200 block of Blue Ridge Drive at approximately 8:14 p.m., police said.

Upon arrival, deputies were met by Nakia Lequan Atkins, 20, who had his arms up and was standing on the front porch. Atkins’ listed address is the home where the shooting occurred.

Atkins was detained at the scene while deputies entered the home and found Ronaza Earl Bunn, 43, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. Bunn’s listed address is the same as Atkins’.

As authorities on scene were providing Bunn with first aid, three other people — an adult male, adult female, and 4-year-old child — came from the back of the home to where the deputies were.

Bunn was taken to Wayne UNC Healthcare and then transported to Vidant Hospital in Greenville. His current condition has not been released.

During interviews with the two adults who had been in the back of the house, deputies determined that multiple shots were fired inside the home at more than one person, but Bunn was the only one who was struck by the gunfire. No one at the scene was able to say why the shooting occurred, officials said.

Atkins was arrested and taken to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Annex building to be interviewed. While at the building, authorities said he experienced a medical issue and was transported to the hospital.

Atkins has since been released and is facing multiple charges — one count of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He is being held in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $600,000 bond.

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