Hickory Police are investigating a fatal shooting.
Around 2:22 am this morning, officers responded to Sunny Valley Apartments located at 98 3rd Avenue SE after receiving a 911 call from a bystander who stated that someone had been shot.
Upon arrival, officers found 20-year old Armstrong Shadrac Seme of Hickory injured from multiple gunshot wounds. Catawba County EMS responded and transported Seme to Frye Regional Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries. A second victim, Jalen Michael Marquis Shade, 28 of Hickory, was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center by bystanders. Shade was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.
Witnesses stated that three black males wearing dark clothing and COVID type face coverings approached Jalen Shade as he stood outside of the Sunny Valley Apartments. One of the black males engaged Shade in a brief conversation prior to shooting him multiple times. Armstrong Seme, a bystander was struck by several bullets as the suspect was shooting at Shade. The shooter was described as a black male approximately 5’7” wearing dark clothing and a dark colored COVID style face covering.
It appears that the suspect was familiar with Shade and targeted him.
Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551