Man dies after multiple gunshots fired into Smithfield home, police say

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN)– A person died after multiple gunshots were fired into a house Saturday morning, Smithfield police said.

It happened Saturday around 5:15 a.m. in the area of Harris Street and Collier Street.

According to police, officers got a call about multiple gunshots being fired in the area.

When officers got to the scene, they discovered the suspect(s) had already ran off.

Police said one person was struck and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Saturday afternoon, police said Frank Blackshell, 60, of Smithfield later died.

The investigation is ongoing. Police said the incident is now a homicide case.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Sergeant D.A. Tyndall at the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121 or The Smithfield Tip Line at 919-989-8835.

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