Woman dies after being found shot on her front porch in Knightdale neighborhood

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Knightdale police identify woman shot and killed on her front porch
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Knightdale's mayor says she "strongly condemns" the violence that rocked her community as police continue to investigate.

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Knightdale police are investigating after a woman was shot and killed Wednesday evening.

According to the Knightdale Police Department, officers responded to calls about a shooting in the Widewaters neighborhood just before 8 p.m. When officers arrived they found a 40-year-old woman on her front porch with gunshot wounds. First responders attempted life-saving measures, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday, the victim was identified as 40-year-old Shinaka Ocean Earth.

Shinaka Ocean Earth
Courtesy of family

Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps said no arrests have been made.

An ABC11 crew on the scene reported that more than 50 evidence markers were visible on the road in front of a home in the 600 block of Twain Town Drive.

Neighbors told ABC11 they heard multiple gunshots earlier in the evening.

Police said Thursday that this was an isolated incident, and there was no danger to the public.

Knightdale Mayor Jessica Day released a statement Thursday evening on the deadly incident.

"As the Mayor of Knightdale, I strongly condemn the violence that disrupted the peace and security of our community last night. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to the victim, their family, and all those affected by this senseless act," Day said. "It is important to remember that random incidents like this provoke trauma for individuals who are impacted both directly and indirectly. While no community is immune to the heartbreaking consequences of violence, we will continue to root it out at every opportunity.

"As we move forward, it is imperative that we come together as one community, united against violence and committed to offering support for our Knightdale Police Department and area law enforcement agencies as they work to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice. Knightdale is not just a location; it is our home, a place that holds profound significance for each of us," Day added. "I have complete confidence in the capabilities of the Knightdale Police Department, our area law enforcement agencies, and the strength of our community. KPD continues to faithfully serve our residents, and we proudly look to them once again to ensure the continued safety of our town that we all enjoy."

Police are asking any residents in the area with video surveillance, or anyone with relevant information, to call the Knightdale Police Department at (919) 217-2281.