Laurinburg woman struck by stray bullet


By Abby Hackmann - [email protected]



LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg woman was injured this weekend in the kind of indiscriminate shooting that police say is becoming all too frequent.

Shakara Beals, 35, was struck by a stray bullet while inside her Washington Street home around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police believe the shooter had targeted someone else and Beals was shot by mistake.

According to a police report, the bullet came through a wall at the home and struck Beals in the back.

She was listed in fair condition on Tuesday at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Police say they have a person of interest in Sunday’s shooting, but no arrest has been made.

Police Chief Darwin Williams said there have been a number of similar shootings into homes and vehicles over the past two weeks. He said some of the incidents stem from disputes started on social media.

“In this day and age, you have so many folks with firearms,” Williams said. “As soon as we get two or three off the street, it seems like there’s two or three back on the street.”

Williams said his department has put special emphasis on high crime areas and is working with the community so residents feel comfortable sharing information with law enforcement.

“We have names of potential shooters, but need witnesses,” he said.“We are trying to connect with folks to give us information as to why these things are taking place.”

Anyone with information, can call the Laurinburg Police Department at 910-276-3211.

“If you see a problem or hear shots fired contact police,” Williams said. “Please, give any bit of information you can regarding the shootings. We’re doing everything in our power to try to keep these streets safe.”

By Abby Hackmann

[email protected]

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

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