SALISBURY, N.C. -- Salisbury Police is investigating the city's fifth shooting in a week. Investigators say a Wednesday night shooting on the 600 block of East Cemetary Road is due to a community dispute. Neighbors say they saw a group gathered near a church when the gunfire erupted.
"I was in a panic," said Centera Hoskins. "I was scared, I almost had a panic attack," she declared.
Hoskins says the spike in violence in Salisbury is hitting way too close to home.
"It was multiple gunshots, they were just shooting and shooting, I was so scared for my life," she recalled.
Jaquad Dalton, 20, and Isaiah Little, 18, have been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for their injuries.
Hoskins says Little lives in the home next door. His mother's car was parked out front. The tires were shot flat and there were several bullet holes in the vehicle. Thursday afternoon, Little's father was seen changing the tire. He declined to comment on the shooting.
"It was terrible, people were just screaming and hollering and caring on," said Hoskins. "I'm so worried for my grand babies and other people's grand babies," she said.
Hoskins says violence had been a problem in her community in the early 2000s. However, after a drug house in the area was cleared and the neighborhood she's called home for 30 years found peace again. She says that has changed in the last year.
Salisbury Police responded to three shootings in one night last week. They say two were related and they have a person of interest in that case while an arrest has been made in the other. Still, they admit, the increase in shootings is out of the ordinary.
"We've actually beefed up our patrols," said Captain Sheila Lingle. "We are working on some projects to get out in the community more, be more of a presence but if the community sees something that isn't quite right, go ahead and call us," she said.
In the meantime, Hoskins plans to meet with a local community group Tuesday to figure out ways to stop the growing violence.
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