Gunfire injures two at fast-food site

Published 7:32 pm Monday, August 20, 2012

After a shooting incident early Sunday morning, it was business as usual at the McDonald’s in Washington on Monday. Two people were wounded as a result of the incident. Their wounds are nonlife-threatening, according to police. (WDN Photo/Mona Moore)

An early morning shooting Sunday did not stop Tripp Dixon and Kerrie Lilley from going to McDonald’s, the scene of the incident, for lunch Monday.
“It didn’t really cross my mind,” Dixon said.
Lilley said the same.
“As far as coming here, maybe I would think differently at 3 in the morning,” she added.
It was business as usual at McDonald’s on Monday. New Bern’s Purcell Foods, owner of the restaurant, could not be reached for comment. Management on duty at the Washington eatery said the store had no plans to change its hours or close its lobby, which is open 24 hours a day.
The shooting was reported around 3:11 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement released by Lt. William Chrismon, spokesman for the Washington Police Department. Witnesses said the incident happened in the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant, located at 1408 Carolina Avenue.
When the police arrived at McDonald’s, the victims were no longer there.
Two victims of possible gunshot wounds were located a short time later at Vidant Beaufort Hospital’s emergency room,” Chrismon said.
The victims were Roray Razor, 22, of Washington, and a 17-year-old whose name has not been released, Chrismon said. Razor was later transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Because the case is ongoing, Chrismon would not release additional details, including where the victims had been injured. He did say that injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
“We are working a few tips, but nothing I can release, right now,” Chrismon said.
Anyone with information that will aid the investigation into this shooting is asked to call the Washington Police Department at 252-946-1444 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at 252-974-6400.


Staff writer Vail Stewart Rumley contributed to this report.