HICORY, NC -- Hickory Police Department Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 8, 2018
Contact: Chrystal Dieter
Victim/Community Services Coordinator
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.