NC woman charged after man hit as 15 shots fired into vehicle, deputies say

CATAWBA, N.C. (WBTV) — A Conover woman has been charged in connection to a shooting in Catawba County Friday morning, deputies said.

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According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, two women were allegedly arguing around 3 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of Brandywine Drive in Conover. Deputies say that is when one of the women contacted a friend for a ride.

The sheriff’s office said the friend came and picked up the woman and drove them to Springs Road near Food Lion.

Deputies told WBTV that the shooting occurred on Springs Road while the suspect, Melissa Jo Rector, drove up along the driver’s side of the woman’s vehicle and fired multiple shots.

“The suspect Melissa Jo Rector pulled up along the driver’s side of this vehicle and fired what we believe to be 15 rounds into the driver’s side of the vehicle,” Captain Jason Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said a male passenger inside the vehicle was struck. The sheriff’s office said the man was transported to Catawba Memorial. The man has been released from the hospital, according to deputies.

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Hickory Police arrived on scene and pulled over the vehicle that was shot into. Deputies said Rector then fled the scene in her vehicle.

A short time later, Rector’s vehicle was found abandoned, according to deputies.

The sheriff’s office said Rector was found and arrested around 11 a.m. Friday. She was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. She’s being held on a $375,000 bond.

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