The Clayton Police Department is seeking two men in last weekend’s Mitchiner Hills shooting, which claimed the life of 25-year-old Garrett Howard Bridges.
Police think Bridges knew his killers, but so far, they have not disclosed a motive or named any suspects.
Police responded to a 2 a.m. 911 call July 2 and discovered Bridges’ body inside his home at 68 Herndon Court in northeast Clayton. An autopsy performed last week showed Bridges died from a single gunshot wound.
A woman identified by Clayton police as a friend of Bridges’ made the 911 call. The killers broke through the back door of the house, the woman said, and fired “a lot” of shots, apparently hitting Bridges only once. Three of the woman’s children, ages 6 to 20, were in another room of the house at the time of the shooting and were unharmed.
The woman is whispering and barely audible through much of the 911 call and seems to think the shooters might still be in the house. At one point she tells the dispatcher that she thinks Bridges is dead and later says “please keep breathing.”
According to state offender records, Bridges had been released from prison March 26 after serving nine months on federal drug charges in Wake and Harnett counties. Before that, he served two months in 2010-2011 for breaking and entering a vehicle and possessing stolen goods in Wake County.
The shooting marks the first murder in Clayton since 2014.
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