A Hoke County teenager was seriously injured early Wednesday morning when an unknown gunman fired shots into his home that struck him while he was asleep, according to Sheriff Hubert Peterkin.
Justin Cameron Dew, 17, was asleep in his bed at his home on Old Maxton Road when someone in a car outside fired shots at the house. Dew was struck one time in the stomach.
First responders transported him to an area hospital. He was scheduled to undergo surgery today, Peterkin said.
Sheriff’s office investigators determined the gunfire came from an AK-47.
“Those guns penetrate brick—whatever; they go through,” Peterkin said. “There were multiple shots fired.”
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday. No one else in the home was injured.
Investigators so far believe that the shooting was not random, but was meant to specifically target Dew.
“Based on the investigation it appears someone may have been targeting him,” Peterkin said. Authorities were not ready to release further details about why someone may have targeted the 17-year-old.
Hoke County detectives were still in the field Wednesday afternoon looking into the shooting. There have not yet been any arrests. Investigators are pursuing leads in the case.
Peterkin asked members of the community to contact the sheriff’s office with any information about the shooting.
“We’re getting people calling us and that’s what we want,” he said.
To contact the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, call (910) 875-5111.