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Authorities Investigating Fatal Shooting

A fatal shooting is under investigation in Statesville. On Wednesday, (March 15) at approximately 10 p.m. the Statesville Police Department responded to a call for shots fired on Goldsboro Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and found people who told them that individuals in the house had been shot.

Upon entering the residence, officers found 19-year-old Zion Wilder of Statesville, deceased on the floor from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A second victim, a 15-year-old male from Statesville, was also found inside the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Iredell County EMS and the Statesville Fire Department responded to the scene. The 15-year-old victim was transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment and later transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center via Air Medical Transport where he was last reported to be in critical condition.

The SPD Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and began an investigation into the incident. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and responded to assist with processing the crime scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that unknown suspects fired multiple rounds into the front of the residence, from the street, striking both victims. In addition to the victims, three adults and three juveniles, ages 14,16 and 17, were also inside the home at the time of the shooting.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Department and Mooresville Police Department also responded to the scene to assist with securing the crime scene and crowd control. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406.