A six-year-old North Carolina girl and her parents are in recovery after their neighbor, Robert Louis Singletary, went ballistic and opened fire on them over the girl chasing her basketball into his yard.
According to witnesses, Singletary is easily upset by neighborhood children and became enraged over Kinsley White chasing her stray ball into his yard. He opened fire at the nearby children and parents and kept shooting until he was out of bullets.
White was left with bullet fragments in her cheek, while her father, William, was struck in the back by a bullet as he attempted to distract Singletary so that other children could get away.
Local news station WSOC interviewed Kinsley, during which time she asked, “Why did you shoot my daddy and me? Why did you shoot a kid’s dad?”
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The Post Millennial reports:
Kinsley’s mother, Ashley Hilderbrand, also heard Singletary make a threat to her family members and then chased them while shooting. He allegedly kept firing until his gun had run out of bullets.
Neighbors who spoke with local media outlets described Singletary as new to the neighborhood and known for getting upset with local children. William had become aware of other alleged run-ins with Singletary, which is why he ran down to protect his daughter.
According to law enforcement officials, this is not Singletary’s first run-in with the law. In December 2022, he was accused of hitting his girlfriend in the head with a mini-sledgehammer and was later let out on bond for that case.
Singletary has been charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Additional chares are likely because shots entered neighbors’ homes, police said. District Attorney Travis Page has vowed to be “loud and clear” when the case comes to court.
Hilderbrand made a plea for her child’s attacker to turn himself in. She said, “There was no sense in what you did.”