Winston-Salem police are investigating two separate weekend shootings, both of which injured women.
The shootings mark a continued wave of gun violence in the city, with at least seven people shot since Oct. 28, including three people killed in the shootings. One of the deceased was a 16-year-old Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools student.
The most recent incident of gun violence occurred Saturday afternoon in a McDonald’s parking lot.
Officers went to the fast food restaurant, located at 780 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, about 4:15 p.m. after getting reports of a shooting there.
Police found 21-year-old Dlesjah Jones in the parking lot with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to one of her legs. Officers recovered multiple shell casings from the scene, and what appeared to be Jones’ shoes. The right shoe was covered with blood splatter. A pile of blood-stained restaurant napkins and medical gauze were also lying in the parking lot.
Investigators say Jones was shot during an argument about bad driving in the parking lot. Jones was in a car with others when a white car almost hit them, according to police. Taking offense, Jones and the other occupants followed the white car around the McDonald’s parking lot before getting out to confront the people in the white vehicle.
Jones noticed someone pointing a gun out of the window of the white car, and that person began shooting, police said.
The occupants of the white car drove off, heading south on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and the other car followed.
The entire incident closed the restaurant for a little more than an hour, according to McDonald’s District Supervisor Ila Surrell. When asked if she had any information about the shooting, Surrell told the Winston-Salem Journal she didn’t know anything.
On Friday night, police went to a home in the 2000 block of Harrison Avenue about 10:53 p.m. after getting a call about a shooting there. Officers found 27-year-old Latrice Miller with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. First-responders took Miller to an area hospital for treatment, according to police.
Someone outside shot into the home, and there were three children inside at the time of the shooting, police said. None of the children were injured.
Police don’t have suspect information in Friday night’s shooting.
The two shootings do not appear to be connected.
Authorities ask anyone with information about either incident to contact the police department at 336-773-7700, or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.
Since July 1, at least 77 shootings have taken place in the city, with 10 people killed and at least 26 people injured.
On Nov. 3, police found Mario Salinas Noyola, 36, of Timlic Avenue dead of an apparent gunshot wound at about 2:15 a.m. after officers received a report of a fight involving weapons at 910 N. Cleveland Ave. No arrests have been made in that case, either.
Noyola is the 24th person killed in Winston-Salem this year, compared to 21 people killed in the city through Nov. 3 in 2018.