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7 people hurt at 3 crime scenes in Winston-Salem

Police said two of the victims were innocent bystanders who were "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The search is on for suspects after seven people were shot in Winston-Salem Sunday night. 

Police said the shootings spanned across three different locations – Fairview Park, Highway 52, and East 25th Street.

Police said the shootings were targeted, but two of the victims were innocent bystanders.

In a press conference Monday afternoon, Winston-Salem Police Captain Amy Gauldin said those two victims were “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

All of the victims had non-life-threatening injuries. Police believe the suspects were driving a white four-door BMW and a black Dodge Charger.

Police got the shots fired call just after 7:30 p.m. from a shot-spotter in the area. The device played a critical role in this investigation, officials said. 

Investigators said the three crime scenes are all connected. All three locations are just about a three-minute drive from each other. They believe it started with a large exchange of gunfire on Bethlehem Lane and shortly after that, more shots were fired on East 25th Street.

Officers found over 50 shell casings at the park, all from different caliber weapons.

Captain Gauldin said it’s sad to see such a violent incident.

“It’s a tragic event for any of this, so we need to take a stand together with our community, but ultimately, the thing to remember is that these incidents that we spoke about were targeted acts of violence; they weren’t random acts of violence. It wasn’t just someone that decided to go crazy or something like that – it was targeted acts of violence,” Gauldin said.

Two people were shot in the head and face. They were found on Highway 52.

Four other victims were found near East 25th Street.

The final victim made their way to a local hospital shortly after the shooting.

If you have any information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at (336) 773-7700.

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