The Taylorsville Police Department is looking for a suspect in a shooting that occurred last week Thursday, June 9 at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the Food Lion in Taylorsville. An illicit drug deal gone wrong is identified as the root cause of the shooting.
According to the police report filed by Det. sergeant. ET Windsor, Taylorsville Police responded to a call of shots being fired in the Food Lion area on Thursday afternoon. Officers found broken glass in the parking lot and a gun casing.
Officers cordoned off the area, collected evidence and interviewed witnesses at the scene. A witness told officers that an altercation occurred between the occupants of a black Ford F-150 pickup truck and a red Chevrolet sedan. The witness saw a man get out of the passenger side of the truck and another get out of the driver’s side truck. The man on the passenger side walked around the red car and got into the back seat on the driver’s side. Shots were fired. The red car immediately sped away.
The man who got out of the black truck returned to the driver’s seat and turned around in the parking lot. After that, the man in the black truck got out, picked up a variety of items from the parking lot, and drove off.
When police posted images of the black truck and red car on social media, asking the public for help, the driver of the truck called police and identified himself.
Through conversations with the owner of the truck and evidence collected from the man’s home and vehicle, officers learned that the incident involved a “drug deal gone wrong”. At first, the man driving the black truck who called the police said he was just meeting another person at the store to sell shoes and that man had tried to rob him. However, further investigation revealed that the man in the truck is a convicted felon who does not have a valid driver’s license, but he admitted to driving to Food Lion to sell marijuana in the parking lot.
Police are talking to the district attorney’s office about charges against the driver of the van, whose name has not been released.
If anyone knows the identity and whereabouts of the people in the red Chevrolet sedan involved in this shooting, they are asked to contact Taylorsville Police at 828-632-2218.