WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are searching for suspects in the slaying of a North Carolina couple and their 5-year-old son.
Citing a Columbus County sheriff’s statement, news outlets report the three were killed in a targeted attack early Saturday.
The sheriff’s office says deputies responded that morning to a report of gunshot victims at a home near Whiteville and found four wounded people.
It says the fourth victim was hospitalized and expected to survive.
WWAY-TV reports authorities identified the dead as 5-year-old Alexis Cipiran Trujillo, 25-year-old Nancy Trujillo Espinoza and 29-year-old Leonel Cipiran Noyola.
Reports identify the wounded person as Alexis’ grandmother, 51-year-old Rafaela Noyola Jaramillo.
Authorities say the suspects reportedly fled in a victim’s silver 2011 Ford Fusion, which has a state license plate that reads PFH-6923.