Police searching for man in connection with shootout that seriously injured 8-year-old

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Monday, December 4, 2023
8-year-old seriously injured, 2 adults injured in Rocky Mount shootout
Rocky Mount Police are searching for a man in connection with a shootout that seriously injured an 8-year-old boy and injured two others.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- Rocky Mount Police are investigating after an 8-year-old boy and two adults were injured in a shooting Saturday evening.

According to the Rocky Mount Police Department, officers responded to calls about a shooting in the 1100 block of West Raleigh Boulevard just after 6:15 p.m. When officers arrived, they found 41-year-old Tiffany Vick with gunshot wounds. She was taken to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville for treatment. Her condition has not been released.

Police said an 8-year-old boy and a bystander, 24-year-old Elliott Whitehead were also injured during the incident. The 8-year-old is listed in serious condition.

RMPD said the shooting started at the Rocky Mount Drive Thru at 1179 West Raleigh Blvd. Arkeem Shields, 24, was waiting in line in his car with the 8-year-old when Vick approached the car. After a "verbal altercation" escalated between Shields and Vick, who police said know each other, both parties began to fire at each other.

Police said Shields sped away to take the 8-year-old, who was shot in the leg, to the hospital. Vick's wife, Crystal Vick, then took Tiffany's gun away before police arrived at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

Crystal Vick was charged with felony aid and abet, resisting public officer, and misdemeanor child abuse. She is being held at the Nash County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

Crystal Vick

Arrest warrants were issued for Tiffany Vick. She is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle, assault on a minor, misdemeanor child abuse, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Police said child abuse charges for Vick stem from bringing minors to the confrontation, an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old.

The department is looking for Shields in connection with the shooting. Shields also has several active arrest warrants not related to this incident.

Arkeem Shields

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at (252) 972-1411, call Crimestoppers at (252) 977-1111 for cash rewards, or Text-A-Tip (text RMPOL and your message to 274637).