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Third TC shooting victim was taken to CRHS, others are stable, police say

A second AirLink helicopter lands near the Tabor City Fire Department Saturday, both responding to aid victims from a shooting nearby. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

UPDATE

A third victim of a shooting that took place on Lewis Street in Tabor City Saturday afternoon was located later at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, Maj. Russell Conway of the Tabor City Police Department.

That victim was taken by private vehicle from the shooting scene before police arrived, delivered to the CRHS flagship hospital a short time later with “superficial wounds,” Conway said Saturday evening.

Two other men who were taken from the shooting scene, in front of the former Jerry’s Garage on Lewis Street, near 2nd Street, were listed in stable condition Saturday night at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, Conway said. Both were flown by separate helicopters to the trauma center in Myrtle Beach.

All three victims are expected to survive, Conway said, as investigators continue working to determine who was responsible, and hopefully why.

Citing the ongoing investigation, Conway said he could release no further details Sunday evening.

This is a developing story. Look for updates here as events warrant, and the full story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

Initial post

    Gunfire about a block away from downtown Tabor City injured two men, both flown by AirLink helicopter from near the scene to a regional medical center late Saturday afternoon.

     Police converged quickly and heavily on the scene in front of a Lewis Street business near 2nd Street. Maj. Russell Conway of the Tabor City Police Department said at least one of the men suffered multiple gunshot wounds involving the torso and legs.

     Both men appeared to be conscious and were sitting upright as they were moved from Tabor City Emergency Services ambulances to AirLink helicopters that landed side-by-side in a field across West 4th Street from the Tabor City Fire Department, just two blocks from the shooting.

Maj. Russell Conway, Officer Brian Campbell, and Capt. Chris Hilburn on the scene of Saturday’s shooting on Lewis Street. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

     Multiple shell casings were on the roadway at the shooting scene, marked by police as investigators gathered evidence. Maj. Conway, asked if the shooting was a “drive-by,” said “detectives are conducting an investigation.”

     A near perfect day for the North Carolina Yam Festival at Tabor City, revived after being shuttered in 2020 due to COVID-19, was not impacted by the shooting. A small crowd remaining at The Fred E. Lay Stage was on hand for the Tabor’s Got Talent competition, where no gunfire was heard and no one appeared to be aware of the gunfire three blocks away.

     This is a developing story. Look for updates here as events warrant, and the full story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.