LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) – Police are still looking for a man who shot 49 year-old Robie Hunt in her car about a hundred yards outside the Belk entrance of Biggs-Park Mall in Lumberton. It happened on Wednesday night around 7 p.m. in the alleyway between Drug America and a Crossfit Gym.
Lumberton Police say Hunt was driving slowly through the alleyway when the suspect yelled at her to stop and then fired gun shots hitting her twice in the upper body. Hunt was able to drive her car to the mall entrance and ask someone to call 911. Mall manager, Chelsea Briggs says Belk associates held Hunt until the ambulance arrived.
Captain Terry Parker with Lumberton Police released surveillance photos from one of the nearby businesses and says the suspect appears to be African American, slim build, approx. 5'8-5'10, wearing blue jeans and a black and white hoodie.
"It appears the individual was hanging around in the alley for about 15 minutes prior to the shooting. What his reason for hanging in that area, we do not know," said Parker.
He says the alleyway is a highly traveled road with all of the businesses and the mall right there. "Unfortunately criminals are looking for victims this time of year and we certainly don't like that. We ask all citizens to please be vigilant, pay attention to your surroundings and suspicious people around you," Parker said.
Police say they haven't heard anything like this going on in the area. Lumberton Resident, Jonathan Rivera says he hasn't either. "This never happens near Biggs Park Mall especially in the area we live in Tanglewood. So, when I first heard about it I was really upset I couldn't believe that something like this could happen in my own backyard, just steps from my house, I just never expected something like to happen here in Lumberton, it's just really sad," said Rivera.
Parker assures the public by saying, "We honestly believe that someone is going to identify him by the photos and give us a tip as to he is."
Responders transported Hunt to a hospital outside of Lumberton County and police are asking anyone to please contact Detective White at (910) 827-5778 or the Lumberton Police Department at (910) 671-3845. If you would like to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at (910) 738-1133 or you can send a message to the LPD via Facebook.
Parker released new information Monday, December 28. Police recovered a hoodie they believe was used by the suspect during the robbery. The hoodie is multicolored with dark sleeves and a light center. Anyone with new information is asked to contact the Lumberton Police Department.