Motorist shot on U.S. 70

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

An off-duty Marine on his way home from work early Wednesday morning was shot and wounded in what officials suspect was a reveler carelessly shooting a firearm.

John Cooksey, 24, of Bridgeton, was traveling west on U.S. 70 near the old Captain Bly’s Shipwreck Cove between Havelock and New Bern around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, on his way home from work at Cherry Point.

Sheriff’s Capt. Joe Heckman said Cooksey heard a pop and felt a sudden sting in his neck.

“He didn’t realize he was hit,” Heckman said.

Cooksey noticed he was bleeding, however, and pulled into the Exxon gas station at Thurman Road, where he called a friend for help. Cooksey was taken by ambulance to CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Tests revealed a bullet lodged in his neck, and the sheriff’s department was notified at about 4:30 a.m.

Sheriff Jerry Monette stated Cooksey was shot behind his ear with a small caliber bullet.



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