A tense situation unfolded on Saturday night in Rocky Mount, resulting in an 8-year-old child being in serious condition after an argument escalated into a shootout. The incident, which occurred in the 1100 block of West Raleigh Boulevard, involved multiple injuries and subsequent legal actions.
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Upon police arrival, it was revealed that a 41-year-old woman, a 24-year-old man identified as Arkeem Shields, and an 8-year-old boy had sustained injuries during the altercation. The woman and the child had been shot, while the man had been grazed by a bullet in the crossfire. All three victims were promptly transported to the hospital for medical attention.
According to the police report, Arkeem Shields was waiting in his car in a drive-thru line, accompanied by the 8-year-old boy. Tiffany Vick, a 41-year-old woman, approached Shields’ vehicle, leading to a heated argument that escalated into a shootout.
Shields’ vehicle bore the brunt of the exchange, sustaining multiple gunshot hits that resulted in the 8-year-old boy being shot in the leg. Swiftly reacting to the dire situation, Shields sped away from the scene to rush the injured child to the hospital for immediate medical care.
Tiffany Vick, who had sustained two gunshot wounds, collapsed in the parking lot. Complicating matters, Tiffany’s wife, Crystal Vick, allegedly removed a firearm from the crime scene before the police arrived, hindering the ongoing investigation.
Innocent bystander Elliott Whitehead was also caught in the crossfire, suffering a grazing bullet wound, and his vehicle sustained damage from the gunfire exchange.
The police seized an A.R. Pistol from a residence on Edwards Street and a 9mm pistol from a home on Nelson Street, both believed to have been used in the shootout. Crystal Vick faces charges of felony aid and abet, resisting a public officer, and misdemeanor child abuse, with a $25,000 secured bond issued, leading to her remand in Nash County Jail.
Tiffany Vick, facing a barrage of charges including assault with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle, assault on a minor, misdemeanor child abuse, discharging a firearm in city limits, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, will be taken into custody post-hospital release.
The Department of Social Services has been notified for a separate investigation involving the minors present during the confrontation. Charges of child abuse stem from Tiffany Vick involving minors in the altercation, specifically an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old.
The police are actively seeking Arkeem Shields, who has unrelated active arrest warrants. The investigation remains ongoing as Rocky Mount authorities strive to piece together the events leading to this unfortunate incident.