Child, 12, shoots and kills masked home intruder

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Goldsboro, NC — On 02/13/2021 at approximately 1243 AM, Officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 402 S. William Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered one of the apartment’s residents, Linda Ellis, a 73-year-old black female, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Shortly thereafter, an additional subject was located near the intersection of William Street and Elm Street, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

This subject was later identified as Khalil Herring of Goldsboro. Both subjects were transported to Wayne UNC Health Care. Ms. Ellis was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition. Mr. Herring succumbed to his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that two masked subjects forced their way into the residence located at 402 S. William Street, demanded money, and subsequently shot Ms. Ellis. During the robbery, a 12-year-old juvenile occupant of the residence shot at the suspects with a firearm in self-defense, causing them to flee the area. Preliminary evidence suggests Khalil Herring was one of the two masked intruders and was shot during the robbery.

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Charges against the juvenile occupant of the residence that fired the aforementioned gun are not anticipated by the Goldsboro Police Department. The investigation into the armed robbery and subsequent shootings is on-going.

Anyone with information about this crime, or any other crime in the Wayne County area is asked to call or text Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or submit a TIP at

Callers will remain anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest you will be given a cash reward for the information. Crime Stoppers gives cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to felony arrests. Crime Stoppers is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization, funded solely by private donations. To make a donation, contact the Goldsboro Wayne Crime Stoppers Director Stephanie Brown at 919-734-8177.