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Man charged in Gaston apartment shooting

A young boy was among three people injured in a shooting at the Quail Woods Apartments in Gastonia.
A young boy was among three people injured in a shooting at the Quail Woods Apartments in Gastonia. Christian Flores/WBTV

A man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after a shooting at a Gastonia apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

Pontus Adams, 30, was charged after police say he shot three people at Quail Woods Apartments near Robinwood Road in Gastonia, then drove away in a black Dodge Charger. After crashing the car, Adams was arrested, according to WBTV. Adams apparently lived at the complex.

Two victims, including a 3-year-old boy, were hospitalized with serious injuries. A third was treated at the scene and released.

Neighbors said one of the victims was Juan Gonzalez, a maintenance worker at the complex. Witnesses to the shooting said Adams used two guns in the shooting, a rifle and a handgun.

“I opened my door and I seen the shooter walking by with a rifle. He looked right at me,” one resident, Allan Springs, told WBTV. Another, Christopher Stonger, said he was eating lunch when a bullet went through his wall, spraying debris.

According to reports, this is the second time shots were fired at the apartment complex. One person was seriously injured in a shooting in June.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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