AHOSKIE, N.C. (WAVY) – Ahoskie police continue to look for a man who they say shot and killed a convenience store employee Wednesday morning.
“She is going to be truly missed by a lot of people,” said Kim Valentine.
Police were called just after 1:30 a.m. to the Murphy Express gas station. When officers got there, they found three people shot.
“I think that a mother has to bury her only daughter to a senseless crime,” said Deon Bazemore, who is a cousin of the slain mom, Lakiesha Sutton.
23-year-old Sutton was an employee at the Murphy Express — and she was supposed to be off the night of the shooting, but was called in and decided to work an extra shift.
Police say there was fight outside and when Sutton walked out, gunfire erupted.
She was hit by a stray bullet and died from her injuries.
“Since I got the phone call that morning, it’s been kind of hard,” Valentine said. “I just couldn’t shake the feeling of knowing this really happened to her.”
The two other people shot are expected to live. Police are looking for Shakur Stephenson, who they say pulled the trigger. He is considered armed and dangerous.
“I just want justice to be served,” Valentine said. “Even if it was intentional or not intentional, guns shouldn’t have been pulled out in the beginning.”
Family says Sutton worked two jobs to support her young son. She also was a bus driver for the local school system.
“She just worked to provide for her and her child,” Valentine added. “If anybody needed anything, she didn’t mind having a helping hand.”
“She was just shot in the head, which is crazy,” Bazemore said. “I know that she didn’t think about waking up and go to work, called in to work on her day off and this would be her last day on earth.”
No one knows why this happened, but they hope the person responsible is soon caught.
“I am going to miss her,” Bazemore said. “I’m really going to miss her. She always had a smile that could cheer up a whole world.”