Cleveland County police assist discover the alleged gunman Shelby Star

Cleveland County Sheriff & # 39; s Office MPs helped locate a Connelly Springs man suspected of shooting a man in a Vale store Friday afternoon.

Terry Lee Peeler, 51, is wanted for assault with a lethal weapon to kill and cause serious injuries, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives say the incident began Thursday in a neighboring county when a woman reported her red Ford pickup as stolen. She asked a friend to keep an eye out for him and flatten the tires if they were spotted.

The press release stated that the woman's friend and several others were on NC Highway 18 Friday, saw the truck at Halfway Supply, and approached the vehicle to plate the tires. Before they could do so, the driver left the shop, followed by the group of people.

Both vehicles returned to the Halfway Supply parking lot. Everyone got out of their vehicles and a gunshot hit the driver of the truck, identified as Jimmy Drew Peeler. He identified his uncle Terry Lee Peeler as a shooter, according to the publication.

The two vehicles, driven by Terry Lee Peeler and Jimmy Frank Peeler Sr., fled the scene on NC Highway 10 to Cleveland County, where they collided and then ran off their vehicles.

Cleveland County Reps and K-9 units, with assistance from Lincoln County Sheriff's Rep and Highway Patrol Jimmy Frank Peeler Sr., located his ankle injured and he was taken to Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby for treatment.

Peeler Sr., 40, was arrested and charged with an offense against an officer and a traffic citation for driving a license.

Terry Lee Peeler escaped the officers. The shooting victim, Jimmy Drew Peeler, was taken to Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Terry Lee Peeler is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincoln / Call Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. If your anonymous tip on Crime Stoppers results in an arrest, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $ 1,000.

You can reach Michael Banks at 704-869-1842, email, and follow @MichaelBanksNC on Twitter.

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