An angry neighbor fired at a 6-year-old girl and her parents in North Carolina on Tuesday night after a basketball rolled into his yard, according to a report.
Kinsley White, her mother, Ashley Hilderbrand, and father, William White, were all injured when a gunman opened fire around 8 p.m. in Gaston County after becoming enraged by the bouncing ball, according to WSOC-TV.
While attempting to protect his daughter, William White was critically injured.
Neighbors told the station that a group of kids were playing basketball when the ball landed in the yard of the alleged gunman.
According to reports, suspect shooter Robert Louis Singletary became enraged and ran down the street while firing at a neighbor.
Then he returned and started shooting at the family, including the young daughter, who needed stitches on her face from bullet fragments, according to WSOC-TV.
Her father was also hit and was still in the hospital on Wednesday, according to police.
He allegedly attempted to draw gunfire toward himself in order to protect his children before being shot in the back.
“We don’t even know the man,” Kinsley said, adding, “Why did you shoot my father and me?” “Why did you shoot a child’s father?”
Hilderbrand was hit by a bullet and is recovering at home with her daughter, according to WSOC-TV.
According to neighbors, Singletary allegedly continued shooting until he ran out of bullets.
“He looked at my husband and daughter and said to them, ‘I’m going to kill you,'” Hilderbrand told the station.
Singletary, 24, is still on the run, according to authorities.
According to Gaston County police, he has been charged with four counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.
The department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of the fugitive.
“I want to say to the people of Gaston County — this sort of violence will not stand,” Police Chief Stephen Zill said in a statement, adding that the US Marshals Service is assisting in the search for Singletary.