Last updated: July 31. 2014 7:31AM - 3190 Views
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RED SPRINGS — Police have named a Red Springs man they say is connected with a shooting on Sunday.

Police are looking for Eric Terry, 29, of 114 Jackson St., Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said Wednesday. Terry is believed to have had a role in the shooting of 29-year-old Justin Johnson of Red Springs outside a house on Haywood Street.

“He is definitely a person of interest,” Patterson said. “We have been looking for him at his home and his parents’ home and he appears to be on the run.”

Patterson declined to say how investigators connected Terry to the shooting.

Johnson was visiting the house at 123 Haywood St. when he walked outside about 11:50 a.m., Patterson said. Johnson told investigators he heard a gunshot and realized he had been struck by a bullet, Patterson said.

Patterson said it appears the gunman was not firing from a vehicle as reported earlier.

“It was not a drive-by,” Patterson said. “The shooter was on foot and then ran.”

Johnson managed to return fire, Patterson said, adding that a total of three shots were fired. Patterson did not know why Johnson had a gun.

Johnson was was initially taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, and then flown to UNC Hospitals for surgery. He is in stable condition, Patterson said.

Johnson, who was struck in the chest, had injuries to his lung, spleen and ribs, according to Patterson.

Anyone with information should call the Red Springs Police Department at 910-843-3454.

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