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Investigation Into Fatal Drive-By Shooting Continues
India Kynar Rice
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Investigation Into Fatal Drive-By Shooting Continues

Today marks 23 weeks since a drive-by shooting in Hickory that claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman. The investigation is continuing into the incident that resulted in the death of India Kynar “Semaj” Rice on May 12.

Just before 11 p.m. on that date, Hickory Police Officers responded to an address on 17th Street NW after receiving a 911 call that a woman had been shot at the residence. When they arrived at the scene, officers found India Kynar Rice inside the residence with a single gunshot wound. Catawba County EMS arrived and pronounced Rice deceased at the scene.

Authorities say the investigation revealed that Rice and several other individuals were inside the home when an unknown person or people fired multiple rounds into the residence. The shots were fired from a passenger vehicle that was traveling on 17th Street NW.

Photo courtesy of WHKY’s Rob Eastwood

During the summer, billboards were placed in three locations around Hickory asking for the public’s help in solving the case. The victim’s mother, Lanora Evans, took out some of her own money to pay for the billboards, which were placed along Highland Avenue NE, U.S. 70 East, and U.S. 321.

No suspect information was available. Anyone with information regarding this fatal shooting is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Rogers directly at 828-261-2623 or