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North Carolina power knocked out in targeted shootings

The gate to one of the substations. Associated Press/Photo by John Nagy/The Pilot

North Carolina power knocked out in targeted shootings

About 40,000 people were without power Sunday night after two substations at different sites in Moore County, N.C., were disabled by gunfire. Sheriff Ronnie Fields said it was a targeted attack and his office continues to investigate. No one has claimed responsibility, and authorities have not determined a motive, Fields said. The FBI is working with the state to find those responsible. 

How long will the power be out? Multiple pieces of equipment were damaged and will have to be replaced, said Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks. That could take days, he said, because the equipment is heavy and some require high-level repairs. The damage could cost millions, Fields said. Authorities instituted a curfew in the county from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday and schools were closed. The county also opened a shelter with a generator. 

Dig deeper: Read Addie Offereins’ report in Compassion on law enforcement saying cities need better mental health care and better policing.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.


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