MONROE, N.C. -- Two men were shot in the parking lot of a Monroe business early Friday morning and in a very unusual move, the shooter called 911 and told the operator he shot someone.
The shooting happened shortly after 5 a.m. in the parking lot of the Tyson Foods plant.
According to Monroe police, a man told investigators two other men attacked him. He said he fought back and fired shots. One man was hit four times. The other was struck once.
"Officers were on scene and found two men with gunshot wounds. Both were transported. One was shot several times. One was shot once," said Peter Hovanec with the City of Monroe.
It appears the two men pulled open the shooter’s car door and pistol whipped him, police say. He responded by opening fire. Both men, 24-year-old Jarvis Miller and 23-year-old Jermaine Blakeny, were shot in the buttocks and they ran. One of the men was also shot in the arm. They were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and were both conscious and alert when they left the scene, according to police.
"It was in the parking lot, that's where the employees do park. We don't know exactly where it was at this time," Hovanec said.
The employee drove away, but in a highly unusual move called 911 and told the operator he just shot someone and asked for advice. Police say he secured the suspects’ weapon and drove to a nearby gas station.
"He contacted us and said there’d been an incident…officers directed him to stay put,” Hovanec said.
The shooter pulled over in Wingate and waited for officers to arrive.
At this time, police say the shooter will not be charged because this does appear to be a case of self defense. Police expect the two men will face robbery charges.
The plant has about 1,400 employees.