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Report: Young child among 3 shot in road rage shooting
OXFORD, N.C. (AP) – A young girl is among three people who have been injured by gunfire during a road rage incident that erupted into shooting between two motorists. WRAL-TV reports that both drivers have claimed self-defense. Both cars were driven by men. They had girlfriends and daughters as passengers. According to the Raleigh station, the men exchanged heated words before opening fire on each other. The exact nature of the dispute is unclear. The report says one driver was shot in the neck and his young daughter sustained a wound to a leg. The other motorist was shot in the hand.



Report: Teenage girl killed in hit-and-run crash
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – A teenage girl was killed in a hit-and-run collision in Hickory and a man later turned himself in. WSOC-TV said police have identified the slain girl as Brianna Nicole Page. The 17-year-old died at the crash scene. Police report that Page was walking to her job when she was struck early Saturday morning. Officials told WSOC that suspect Cesar Lozano-Mendoza later turned himself over to the Hickory Police Department. He’s been charged with felony hit-and-run resulting in injury or death and misdemeanor for traveling left of center. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.



DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments
CHICAGO (AP) – Rapper DaBaby has been cut from the final day of Lollapalooza’s lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, was scheduled to perform as one of the closing acts Sunday at the four-day music festival. Festival organizers say rapper Young Thug would be the headliner at 9 p.m. instead. In a tweet, Lollapalooza said the festival was founded on “diversity, inclusivity, respect and love” and that DaBaby would no longer be performing. The rapper’s representatives did not comment. 



Motorized lawn mower rider killed in road collision
STOKES, N.C. (AP) – A road crash involving a motorized lawn mower and a delivery van has resulted in a man’s death. WITN in Greenville reports that the deadly collision occurred on NC 30, south of Stokes and close to Worthington-Warren Road. It reports that the operator of the lawn mower died at the scene. The dead man has been identified as David Wayne Pervis of Stokes. The driver of the van was taken to an area hospital. WITN quotes Sgt. William Brown as saying that evidence suggests that the mower was partially on the road and that the van may have traveled off the road slightly before the collision.



Former employee charged in shooting at Charlotte game room
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A former employee at a game room and arcade has been arrested after police said he shot three people when he returned to rob the Charlotte business. News outlets say that officers called to game room Fish House North for a report of a robbery found three employees had been shot. Their injuries were not life-threatening. Police say the man shot three employees and demanded money and property, then ran off. As officers spoke with the victims, they learned that the alleged suspect was Robert Barringer, a former employee who had been terminated.



Police: Mother charged in 4-month-old’s death last year
GIBSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina announced that a woman is facing murder and child abuse charges after the death of her 4-month-old child last year. News outlets report that Gibsonville Police say they’ve obtained arrest warrants charging 25-year-old Heaven Leigh Harlan with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. Police say officers were called to a home on Burlington Road in August 2020 for a report of an unresponsive 4-month-old child. Rescue personnel attempted CPR for over an hour, but the child died. Due to events surrounding the death and the condition of the home, police say the death was investigated as possible child abuse and charges were determined after a lengthy investigation. It’s not known whether Harlan has an attorney.



Car crosses highway median, driver dies after crash
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say the driver of a car that crossed a North Carolina highway median and into oncoming traffic died in a crash involving five vehicles Friday afternoon. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Ned Moultrie says an eastbound car drove onto the median of Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem and through a wire barrier. News outlets report that in the highway’s westbound lanes, the vehicle sideswiped a Honda van and a Ford pickup, crashed head-on with a BMW, then hit another van. Moultrie says the wrong-way driver died at the scene. Two drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment and two more were treated at the scene. Investigators are trying to determine why the driver went through the highway’s wire barrier.



Police: Man killed in drive-by shooting on NC highway
GARNER, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 24-year-old man was shot and killed Friday night in a drive-by shooting on a North Carolina highway. News outlets report that Garner police Capt. Lorie Smith says Kyree Deron Dickerson of Raleigh was a passenger in the front seat of a Mercedes on U.S. Route 70 near Interstate 40 in Garner when he was shot multiple times. Dickerson was taken to Wake Medical Center Garner, where police say he died from his injuries. The driver of the car was not injured in the shooting. Smith says the shooting doesn’t appear to be a random incident, but she declined to comment on whether a suspect or motive had been identified.