Clinton police are investigating a shooting on Royal Lane that left one man injured and police looking for the suspect who shot him.
At 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Clinton police units were dispatched by the Sampson County 911 Center in reference to a shooting on Royal Lane. A vehicle description of a black SUV was given and 911 Center dispatchers informed officers that the victim was on his way to Sampson Regional Medical Center.
Upon responding to the hospital’s emergency room, officers found Sandy James Oates III, 24, being treated by hospital staff, according to reports filed Friday by Clinton police Sgt. Robert Dalton. Oates told Dalton he was shot while sitting in his sister Bernice Oates’ car near the intersection of Royal Lane and Ellen Street. Oates sustained a gunshot wound to his upper left shoulder in the incident. Three bullet holes were found in the driver’s side of the Altima during the initial investigation.
Oates told officers he was driving his sister’s 2005 green Nissan Altima on Royal Lane, in the direction of Sunset Avenue, when the shooting occurred. As he drove near the Ellen Street intersection, a dark in color Chevy Tahoe stopped at the stop sign and a black male exited the vehicle and started shooting at him, reports state. Oates said he drove straight to the hospital after that. When asked for a description of the shooter, Oates would not offer any more information, according to reports. Police were also talking with Bernice Oates in an effort to get additional information.
The case has been turned over to the department’s detective division.
Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.