The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Shane Guyant:
Shooting into vehicle
On Saturday around 3:45 p.m. officers responded to a call of a shot being fired from a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 158 and Old Farm Road.
Investigation revealed that a vehicle was behind another at a stoplight at the intersection.
The driver of the rear vehicle, which Guyant said was the victim’s vehicle, honked their horn after the light turned green.
There appeared to be some words exchanged between the occupant of both vehicles and the passenger of the front vehicle, later identified as Brian Denetric Wade, 28, of Roanoke Rapids, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot, Guyant said.
The victim stated that they assumed the shot was fired in the air, but when they got home, they noticed a bullet had penetrated into the backseat area very close to where a small child was seated.
An off-duty Roanoke Rapids officer witnessed the entire event and followed the suspect vehicle until they lost sight of it.
Officers attempted to find the vehicle from the description provided by the off-duty witness.
Sergeant D. Newsome conducted a follow-up investigation and learned that the vehicle had fled toward a retail establishment on Premier Boulevard.
Video evidence was reviewed and Newsome determined the owner and the passenger of the vehicle.
Warrants were obtained for Wade, who was taken into custody Sunday.
He faces charges of discharging a firearm to incite fear, discharging a firearm into occupied property, discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm in the city limits, going armed to the terror of the public, injury to personal property, and assault by pointing a gun. He received a $5,000 bond and September 28 court date.
“This could have ended tragically,” Guyant said. “Imagine if that bullet had struck the child in the backseat. Just imagine. It amazes me how extremely thoughtless and negligent this subject was with his firearm. Yes, we verified that the gun used belonged to him and he took it upon himself to show how tough he was by firing a shot toward a vehicle with a child in it. If that is not intentional and criminal then nothing is. Thanks to Sergeant Newsome for his diligent efforts in finding and arresting this suspect. This was a potentially deadly event.”
During the evening of September 5 a larceny occurred from the 1300 block of Hamilton Street. The homeowner was able to capture the suspect who committed the larceny from their home camera system.
A tiller was taken.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810, Halifax County CrimeStoppers at 252-583-4444 or its website