NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Tuesday night shooting injuring a five-year-old girl.
According to Investigative Sergeant Mike Sawyer, deputies responded to a residence on Pompano Drive near Gracie Farms Road in reference to shots fired.
5-year-old Amelia Brown was in a car with her mother when she was shot in the head, officials said.
“All these types of cases affect the officers and the community, but especially when it involves a 5-year-old child,” said Captain Tony Cummings, Craven County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s one that encourages us to work harder and that’s exactly what we’re doing at this point.”
The young girl was shot in the head and was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
The Sheriff’s Office is interviewing several persons of interest. Sgt. Sawyer says this is the second time in two weeks there was a shooting at this residence.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting and several vehicles have been impounded.
Craven County Crime Stoppers is offering over $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting.
The cause of the shooting remains under investigation.
“We have conducted interviews. We are continuing to follow up on investigative leads. We are asking the public to reach out and provide any information they have no matter how small the information may seem to the individual that has it, we need it,” said Cummings.
Neighbors who spoke with WNCT today said an incident involving a firearm happened in the same area two weeks ago.
Those neighbors want to see a larger police presence in the neighborhood.
“We are concerned and will be stepping up patrols in this area, and we are going to keep this community safe,” said Cummings.