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Middlesex man charged in shooting

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WENDELL — A 23-year-old woman was struck by gunfire Saturday while riding in a car on N.C. 97 near Wendell, according to deputies.

A Middlesex man has been arrested. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the 100 block of Indian Trail just before 2 a.m. Saturday. The victim, Peyton Brooks, had been shot in the back and was taken to WakeMed Hospital for treatment, according to a press release.

Witnesses told deputies that Brooks and two other women were riding in a car on N.C. 97 when two men began to follow their car. The men then began firing at the women’s car. Brooks was the only one hit by gunfire, the release said.

Late Saturday, the sheriff’s office announced it had arrested one suspect: Jonathan Joe Woodbury III. The 23-year-old Middlesex man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and firing into an occupied vehicle. He is being held without bond.

According to a sheriff’s office spokesman, the case is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wake County deputies at 919-856-6911.