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One Killed In Shooting At Blue Ridge Heights Apartments (Updated With Suspect Information, 11:06 A.m., 6/14/22)

One Killed in Shooting at Blue Ridge Heights Apartments (Updated with suspect information, 11:06 a.m., 6/14/22)

The Hickory Police Department is investigating another fatal shooting in Ridgeview. The deceased is 35-year-old Shonniel Blackburn of Hickory.

At about 12:30 this afternoon (June 13), Officers responded to Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers found Mr. Blackburn lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. Catawba County E.M.S. attempted lifesaving procedures, but then later pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Shonniel Blackburn
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Juvenile petitions for murder have been issued for three 16-year-old males and one 15-year old-male. Under North Carolina State Law, the Hickory Police Department cannot release information to the public that would identify the suspects due to their age.

HPD has provided information to other law enforcement agencies and all pertinent entities that North Carolina law allows. In addition, the juvenile suspects have been entered into the National Crime Information Center as wanted persons. Investigators are also working with Catawba County Juvenile Services as they attempt to locate and take the suspects into custody.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Cadyn Laffon at

The shooting comes less than two weeks after three people were shot — one fatally — at the nearby Hillside Garden Apartment complex in Ridgeview. That incident occurred on June 2. One person has been arrested and charged in connection to the June 2 shooting.