Man Charged With Shooting NC Family After Ball Rolled Into His Yard Allegedly Made Racial Comment
Yaron Steinbuch, New York Post, April 25, 2023
A North Carolina man who was critically injured when a neighbor angry about a ball rolling into his yard allegedly opened fire said the suspect yelled “I don’t even like white people” during the shooting spree.
Jamie White has been released from a hospital and recounted the harrowing incident, in which a bullet pierced his lung and liver as he desperately sought to protect his 6-year-old daughter, Kinsley, from the gunfire.
“I was worried about my babies,” White told the Gaston Gazette on Monday. “I was already hit. I was losing breath. I was on fire. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it.”
The dad, who was released from the Carolinas Medical Center on Saturday evening, was struggling with pain Monday as he spoke to the outlet outside his home.
The suspect, Robert Louis Singletary, 24, turned himself into authorities in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday after two days on the lam.
He allegedly fired at Kinsley and her parents, White and Ashley Hilderbrand, after he became enraged that some kids let their basketball roll onto his property.
“He comes back out the door running, firing at that man and his kids,” White said, referring to another neighbor whom the suspect allegedly targeted before turning his gun on the family.
“At that point, I took off. My youngin’ was down the road, too. My little girl and about 10, 12 other kids were down there. They were all stunned,” he told the Gazette.
He said he told Singletary to stop firing in front of all the children.
“I said, ‘Man, that’s crazy.’ And he said, ‘You white? I don’t even like white people. I’m going to shoot your a–,’” White told the outlet.
He said the assailant dropped his gun, grabbed another, and opened fire at him and his daughter.
The suspect, who has a violent history, was arrested twice for attacking someone with a dangerous weapon in the last seven years.