Bullet barely misses child during hours-long standoff in Granville County

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Bullet barely misses child in hours-long standoff
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The accused shooter is now in police custody.

GRANVILLE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- An hours-long standoff in downtown Butner has ended in Granville County.

The standoff started around 8 p.m. last night when a woman called 911 and said someone shot into her apartment located on West B Street.

When officers arrived they spoke with the woman who said her next door neighbor had shot into her apartment.

That's when everyone inside the apartment building was evacuated.

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The chief of public safety said the man next door who is believed to have fired a gun barricaded himself inside and was taken into custody hours later. No one was hurt in the case.

Richard Smith, of Butner, was arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling.

People who live at Edgewood Bridge Apartments say it's usually a quiet place.

One woman told ABC11 police have responded to calls about Smith, but this time was different.

The windows out back had to be broken by authorities during their work to bring him in without injury to anyone.

His next door neighbors, who don't want their faces on camera, told ABC11 Smith has harassed them for about six months.

Then they heard last night's shot that pierced the wall between apartments.

A man said he had just gotten his daughter out of the tub and was drying her off when a bullet that went inside a cabinet came through this open door, passing him and his daughter.

It hit a television, then wound up in a wall.

A motive in the shooting is not known.