SWAT Team Called Out
Caldwell County, NC - In a developing story, a "simmering feud" between next-door neighbors and a fight over an aggressive pit bull ended with one person dead and four injured in Caldwell County. Neighbors and authorities say Rolland Younce's pit bull attacked and killed a neighbor's cat. The neighbor responded by shooting the dog. Younce then shot the neighbor and his 8-year-old daughter sending them both to the hospital with serious injuries.
Younce also allegedly shot two deputies before being killed in a shootout with authorities, which included a SWAT team.
The hospitalized victims were identified as Tony Moore and his 8-year old daughter Ashley, a student at Kings Creek Elementary. The deputies -- Marty Robbins and Thomas McManus -- were less severely injured. Moore's wife Amy told reporters that she got two calls Thursday. The first was from her husband, saying he'd shot the neighbor's dog while it was on the porch. The second call, from her daughter, came after the shooting saying that her dad was bleeding.
Younce and the Moores had been feuding for several years, according to Tammie Roberts, whose backyard bumps up against both properties. Two years ago, Younce's pit bull bit Moore's children, Roberts said. It's still unclear whether authorities did anything about the dog, but Roberts said Moore once approached her about joining a civil lawsuit. She declined, reluctant to get involved in the dispute. Now, she's likely happy to be alive instead of shot or dead.
Ashley Moore was flown to Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Her mother said she was in intensive care, with gunshot wounds to her liver, kidney and lung. Her father was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center, but his condition was not available.
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