A neighbor accused of shooting a girl and her father turned himself in Thursday, according to police.
The shooting happened south of the Gastonia, North Carolina city limits on Tuesday, according to local police. Robert Louis Singletary, 24, allegedly wounded Kinsley White, 6, with bullet fragments, sent his father William James White to the hospital in critical condition and grazed his mother Ashley Hildebrand with a gunshot. He fired at a fourth person, Derrick Kenneth Prather, but missed, police said.
This sparked a manhunt for the suspect. Gaston police said Singletary surrendered to deputies in Hillsborough County, Florida, on Thursday. He is being held without bond at the Falkenburg Road Jail and a fugitive hearing is set for this Thursday, online records show.
Several young children had been playing basketball when it rolled into Singletary’s yard Tuesday, according to allegations reported by ABC affiliate WSOC. Neighbors said he was new to the area and often got angry with the local kids. This time, an enraged Singletary allegedly shot at a neighbor and then returned. William White reportedly tried to draw shots from the children at himself to protect the children. Singletary allegedly shot him in the back and also wounded Kinsley.
“He looked at my husband and my daughter and told them, ‘I’m going to kill you,'” Hilderbrand told WSOC.
“We don’t even know the man,” Kinsley said.
The child expressed shock at what happened.
“Why did you shoot my father and me?” she said in the WSOC interview. “Why did you shoot a child’s father?”
In North Carolina, Singletary faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Singletary was charged earlier in December with hitting his 21-year-old girlfriend in the back of the head with a mini sledgehammer.
The young woman said she felt dizzy and disoriented and could feel heavy bleeding from the back of her head.
According to WSCO, citing police, Singletary did not allow the victim to leave the apartment where he allegedly assaulted her until she cleaned up all evidence of the attack. She then drove herself to the hospital and called the authorities. Singletary was charged with assault with intent to inflict serious injury, kidnapping and making threats.
Marisa Sarnoff contributed to this report.
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