Police investigating shooting, kidnapping in Belmont

The Belmont Police Department is investigating a shooting-turned-kidnapping that occurred Wednesday night.

Police said they were dispatched just before 8:30 p.m. to a home on Amberley Crossing Drive. At the scene, the victim told police that he had been shot in the back and robbed while at the jewelry store he owned on South New Hope Road in Gastonia.

The victim said he was then kidnapped from the store and brought back to his home on Amberley Crossing Drive. He said all four suspects were wearing ski masks at the time. Police believe they left the area following the incident.

The victim was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

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A neighbor told Channel 9′s Dave Faherty he could hear the victim’s cries for help.

“We heard someone yelling ‘I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot’ and yelling ‘help me, help me.’ And he was coming out the garage and banged on the door next door,” Dave Pratt said.

Eventually, the man made it to the home of a nurse. She told Faherty they immediately called 911 and tried to keep him talking while keeping his head up. Once they called 911, EMS arrived quickly, but it wasn’t until an hour and 20 minutes after the shooting that police got that call.

The investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Belmont Police Department at 704-825-3792.

This is a developing story. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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