Three shot in Smithfield, including mother and 3-year-old son

dquizon@newsobserver.comJanuary 3, 2013 

— Three people, including a mother and her 3-year-old son, were wounded in a shooting outside a home on Mill Street Thursday afternoon.

Smithfield police Lt. Keith Powell said the 24-year-old woman and her son were in serious but stable condition late Thursday. Powell said the third person, a 24-year-old man, had been treated and released from the hospital.

Police have not released the names of the three people.

Witnesses say a school bus had just unloaded children at the corner of 5th and Mill Streets when the shooting occurred at about 2 p.m. Witnesses said they saw two vehicles pull up to a home at 509 Mill Street, where a group of men were standing. An argument broke out, resulting in a hail of gunfire that hit the woman and her son as she walked to the bus stop to get her nephews, witnesses said.

By the time officers arrived, the three had already left for the hospital in a private vehicle, Powell said.

Police did not release information about possible suspects or a motive for the shooting.

Suzette Rodriguez, a spokeswoman at Johnston Medical Center, said the man was treated and released, while the mother and child were transferred to another hospital with “non life-threatening injuries.”

The emergency treatment area at Johnston Medical Center was locked down for more than an hour after the shooting as a precaution, said Rodriguez.

“While we did allow in new patients, we did not allow in visitors unless there were special circumstances,” she said.

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