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Woman killed in drive-by shooting on Wednesday night in Hickory; police seek help in identifying suspects
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Woman killed in drive-by shooting on Wednesday night in Hickory; police seek help in identifying suspects

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A woman died after shots were fired into a residence in Hickory on Wednesday night. No suspects were named as of Thursday morning.

At approximately 10:57 p.m., Hickory Police received a 911 call that a woman had been shot on 17th Street NW, according to a news release from the Hickory Police Department. Officers arrived to find a 27-year-old female, India Kynar Rice, inside the residence with a single gunshot wound.

Catawba County EMS pronounced Rice dead at the scene.

Rice and several other people were inside the residence when an unknown subject or subjects fired multiple rounds into the residence from a passenger vehicle that was traveling on 17th Street NW, the release said.

Rice’s cousin, Shamari Jackson, visited the home Thursday morning.

“She was a good person,” Jackson said. “She didn’t bother nobody. She kept peace. I could talk to her about anything.”

Rice was in the home with her adopted 13-year-old daughter and possibly four other adults and one other child, Jackson said. Jackson was not there when the shooting happened. “This is a family house,” she said.

She said she doesn’t know who the shooter was or why someone would attack the family living there.

Jackson said Rice’s fiancé was Donald Simpson, a man who died in a shooting that happened on First Street SW in July 2020.

Simpson was found injured in a passenger vehicle parked on Third Street SE. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to previous reports.

Jackson said she isn’t sure if the two shootings are related. “It doesn’t make sense.”

“We’ve been through a lot,” Jackson said. “That’s why we stick together like we do.”

Jackson said she hopes police find the attackers quickly. “I tell you what, my cousin will get justice,” she said.

There is no suspect information to release at this time, according to Hickory police. Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Mathew Rogers directly at 828-261-2623 or mrogers@hickorync.gov.

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