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Firm VP believes shootings 'random'

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J.W. Jones Lumber Co., seen here Tuesday at 1443 Northside Road, Elizabeth City, has had its buildings shot at three times since Feb. 15, the latest on May 11.

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By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mark Delosreyes, vice president of J.W. Jones Lumber Co., says it’s unclear why someone keeps firing a gun toward the company’s buildings on Northside Road.

“It seems completely random to us,” said Delosreyes, of the shootings, the most recent of which was reported Saturday, May 11.

Delosreyes said he’s not aware of any disgruntled employees who may be responsible for the shootings.

“It’s just kind of random,” he said Tuesday. 

J.W. Jones Lumber Company is located at 1443 Northside Road in Elizabeth City. Its campus includes several buildings, including the main building most closest to Northside Road. The May 11 incident was at least the third time one of the company’s buildings has been damaged by gunfire in recent months. In April, the company announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in two previous shootings that occurred, one in February, another in April. 

Delosreyes said the reward offer still stands for information leading to an arrest. 

The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the shootings, was notified of the latest incident shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11. At the scene, investigators discovered one bullet and took it as evidence, according to an incident report. The report also notes approximately $600 in total damage to a building wall and siding. 

The first shooting incident occurred Tuesday, Feb. 15, shortly after 7 p.m., when several employees working inside heard between six and seven gunshots, according to the sheriff’s office. The bullets struck the building but there were no injuries.

The second incident occurred two months later between 5 p.m., Friday, April 19, and the following Monday morning. Two bullet holes were found in the exterior wall of the company’s main building.

In neither of the first two incidents were descriptions of possible suspect vehicles available.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating. 

The $5,000 reward being offered by JW Jones Lumber Company is in addition to any reward a caller would be eligible for from the local Crime Line. Anyone with information about either shooting incident is asked to call Crimeline at 252-335-5555. All calls are confidential.

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