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5-year-old and his parents killed in targeted attack at North Carolina home, cops say

Three people, including a 5-year-old boy, died after a “targeted” shooting at a North Carolina home, news outlets report.

A husband and wife and their son were killed, and the child’s grandma was hurt in the attack near Whiteville, according to The News Reporter and WWAY.

All four family members were found Saturday morning with “apparent gunshot wounds,” the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

The boy’s grandmother went to a hospital and is “expected to survive,” WECT reports.

Officials identified the parents as Leonel Cipiran Noyola and Nancy Trujillo Espinoza.

Deputies are investigating the shooting as a homicide, and they think the family was targeted, according to their Facebook post.

“This was not a random act of violence,” the sheriff’s office says.

Now, officials say they are looking for a pickup truck that may be connected to the case.

Suspects took a Ford Fusion before leaving the scene of the fatal shooting, according to Columbus County cops.

Later, two people took a similar-looking car to the house of someone who was selling a pickup truck, a Facebook post says.

“One of the males entered the vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, and sped off as the other male left in the Ford Fusion,” which was later found, according to deputies.

The sheriff’s office says anyone with information can call 910-640-6629.

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