1 killed, 1 injured in Johnston County motel shooting

Two people were shot, one fatally, at the Masters Inn in Selma (Carleigh Griffeth/CBS North Carolina)

SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) – Selma police are investigating a shooting incident Tuesday at the Masters Inn motel on U.S. Route 70 that left one person killed and another injured.

Johnston County dispatch received a call around 3:30 a.m. concerning a medical emergency at the hotel, located at 318 U.S. 70.


Once on scene, officials learned there had been a shooting. One person was dead from a gunshot wound and another person was injured, according to Capt. Daniels with the Selma Police Department.

The injured victim was taken to WakeMed for treatment.

Alcohol is said to have been involved in the incident, but authorities have not said what they believe led to the shooting.

Police did not say which person was killed and which one was injured, but officers did not release the relationship between the two. Their identities have not been released as police are still trying to contact family members.

An employee told CBS North Carolina’s Carleigh Griffeth that the man was a truck driver and stayed at the motel often. That employee, Kenneth Forbes, said he didn’t know the woman as well but the victims were a couple.

Forbes said the male shooting victim came to the hotel front office an hour or so before the shooting to say he was worried because his girlfriend had his gun.

Police were called but left believing the situation was over, Forbes told CBS North Carolina.

The shooting occurred about an hour later.

Other hotel guests called 911 the second time because they heard loud noises during the shooting.

Forbes said the woman was killed and the man was injured and transported to the hospital.

Police had cleared the scene by 10:30 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

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