Hickory Police Department Press Release on Deadly Shooting

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HICORY, NC -- Hickory Police Department Press Release 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 8, 2018
Contact: Chrystal Dieter
Victim/Community Services Coordinator
(828) 261-2642
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Homicide – 200 Block of 1st Avenue NW – UPDATE

Hickory – On April 9, 2018 permit holders for The Vault Bar and Lounge voluntarily surrendered ABC permits to the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. This action was taken after the fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in the 200 Block of 1st Avenue NW.

During the incident on Sunday, over 100 rounds were fired by multiple shooters striking four people, one of which, Antonio Knoshjun Watts, B/M/20, of Claremont, NC, died as a result of wounds received. Hickory Police are investigating multiple persons of interest including the three persons who were injured during this incident: Garan Colby Wilburn, W/M/25, of Hickory, NC; Keeuntae Kaleel Kee, B/M/23, of Gastonia, NC; and Joe Clifford Tipps, B/M/,28, of Morganton, NC.

The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have information about this incident or who may have witnessed this incident to contact Inv. C. De Los Santos at 828-261-2621 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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