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Wilson County trio charged in Nash mobile home park shooting

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NASHVILLE — Three Wilson County residents have been charged in a Nash County mobile home park shooting that wounded three people.

Ronald Christopher Bridges, 26, of Bakers Court north of Wilson, is accused of shooting at a group of people leaving the Farmington Hills Mobile Home Park on N.C. 97 southwest of Rocky Mount on Jan. 23.

Nash County sheriff’s deputies say his brother, 26-year-old Donald James Bridges, and wife, Jessica Lawler Bridges, both of Rock Quarry Road near Elm City, conspired with Ronald Bridges to commit the attack.

Sheriff’s Capt. Eddie Moore said 26-year-old Dustin Wheeler, 31-year-old Travis Evans and 27-year-old Courtney Starling drove themselves to Ramo’s Pizza & Grill outside Rocky Mount after being shot and called 911 to report the incident. Medics and investigators met the victims in the restaurant’s parking lot.

The sheriff’s office Criminal Investigation Division “has been working diligently on this case,” Moore said in a Tuesday news release. “During that time, multiple interviews have been conducted and a search warrant conducted for further evidence of the crime.”

Deputies say the victims have been released from local hospitals after receiving treatment for their injuries.

“Through investigation, it was determined that the shooting stemmed from an ongoing family dispute,” Moore said. “Donald and Ronald Bridges are brothers to the female victim in the vehicle. This case is still being investigated and after consultation with the district attorney’s office, more arrests could be made in the case.”

Ronald Bridges was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and booked into the Nash County Detention Center under a $2 million bond.

Donald Bridges and Jessica Bridges were both charged with felony conspiracy. Each received a $150,000 secured bond.

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