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Woman killed in drive-by shooting

MIDDLESEX — A drive-by shooting claimed a woman’s life inside her Nash County home Thursday night.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the killing of 41-year-old Portia Hinnant on Old Middlesex Road outside the town of Middlesex. Investigators had no suspects late Thursday, Nash County sheriff’s Capt. Pat Joyner said.

Deputies say someone shot and killed Hinnant from a passing car. Witnesses weren’t able to offer a description of the vehicle.

"None of the neighbors saw anything,” Joyner said. "All they heard were some gunshots.”

Hinnant was inside the home with two other people, who were not injured in the shooting, Joyner said. Paramedics tried to revive Hinnant, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

It remained unclear Friday whether Hinnant was the shooter’s intended target.

"I don’t believe she is, but I don’t know,” Joyner said.

Deputies ask anyone with information in the case to call the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 459-4121.
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Teacher said...

Taught her in fifth grade and enjoyed teaching her because of her behavior and interest in learning. She was a very nice person then. Have not seen her in years but feel that she was always the same. I am saddened by the horrible incident. May God bless her family.

Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Ivey said...

I still can't believe you are gone...I am going to miss your smile, your laugh and your loving heart and ears ready to listen when I needed a friend. You were a true one...we don't get many of those in life. Until I see you again....I love you!

Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 10:41 PM
oldschool said...


Friday, February 08, 2013 at 7:04 PM
sherry said...

We all love u Portia. I will never forget our middle and high school years together. I will remember your smile forever. Heaven has just received a very special women. I always say the goodones God wants to take back bc he has more important plans for them. God bless the family .

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 1:30 PM
SAD FRIEND said...

Portia was a wonderful person! She will be missed by her family and friends terribly! I will be praying for her family.

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 1:27 PM
correction... said...

RockyMount Telegram article, Nash County news, etc. all had it spelled as Tortia, so I assumed WDT was given the same incorrect information and asked the question. Thanks WDT for checking into this.

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 1:22 PM becca said...

PORTIA.Nash County Sheriffs Dept.should get this straight too .

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 1:06 PM said...

Please have her name corrected as it is "Portia" not "Tortia". We went to high school together. I'm sure the family would appreciate it.

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 12:13 PM Corey Friedman said...

That is the spelling we received from the Nash County Sheriff's Office. We're working to confirm it this morning.

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 11:36 AM said...

Her name was "Portia", not "Tortia".

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 11:35 AM correction said...

is her name spelled correctly?

Friday, February 08, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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