by Amy Kingsley

Latin King down

Jorge Cornell, the leader of North Carolina’s Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, suffered several gunshot wounds outside his apartment on Sunday. By the time Greensboro police responded, the victim had been taken to Wesley Long Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition. Cornell grabbed headlines in late June when he publicly called for a truce between local gangs. According to a press release issued by the police department, the investigation into Cornell’s shooting is ongoing.

Man vs. machine

Darrel Antwon Hudson started across Florida Street in Greensboro early on the evening of Aug. 6 when he collided with a Toyota truck driven by Linda Sparrow. Emergency responders transported Hudson to Moses Cone Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to a police press release. The press release did not say whether investigators think excessive speed or alcohol played a role in the accident. A crash reconstruction team is still working the case.

Traffic tragedy

Narcisco Salinas Vega, 30, of Hamptonville, accidentally killed a toddler who bolted in front of his Dodge pick-up in a public parking lot early on the evening of Aug. 7. The child, Betci Ruiz Isidor, was one month shy of her second birthday at the time of the accident, which happened on the 3700 block of Yarbrough Avenue in Winston-Salem. Isidor was transported to Baptist Hospital, where she died of her injuries. No charges have been filed and traffic investigators do not think alcohol or speed factored into the accident, according to a press release.

Punishing good deeds

Ross Bolton and several of his friends were enjoying the evening air at Greensboro’s Cotswold Terrace on Aug. 7 when they saw two men — one white and one black — trying to break into a white SUV. Bolton and his friends confronted the suspects, who fled in a Ford Taurus. As the suspects were leaving, one of them fired several shots, two of which hit Bolton in the arm and abdomen. The victim was transported to Moses Cone Hospital.

Case closed

Investigators arrested on Aug. 8 the second suspect in the July attack on 79-year-old Edsel Cooley. Efforts by detectives in the Winston-Salem Police Department’s criminal investigations division yielded the identity of Benjamin Jacob Schenk. 45, of Statesville, who along with David Wayne Hemrick, 33, beat and robbed the Acadia Avenue resident. The two suspects knocked on Cooley’s door on July 17 and, when he answered, barged in, beating the victim with a blunt object and stealing his cash. The victim was admitted to Baptist Hopsital, where he was treated for his injuries and admitted for observation.