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Substation shooting knocks out power in NC county

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH-DURHAM-FAYETTEVILLE MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSWTVD - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WTVD; NO ACCESS RALEIGH-DURHAM-FAYETTEVILLE MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSMoore County, North Carolina - 4 December 20221. Various traffic in area where power was out for street lights and buildings ++NIGHT SHOTS++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronnie Fields, Moore County Sheriff: ++STARTS ON PREVIOUS SHOTS++"On Saturday evening, December 3rd, shortly after 7 p.m., power outages began here in the Carthage area. Shortly thereafter, the outages would spread to the greater majority of central and southern Moore County. Upon the arrival of the power crews and our deputies, extensive damage was found at their substations. Evidence at the scene showed that a firearm had been used to disable the equipment."3. Various of substation ++NIGHTSHOTS/OVERLAYS PREVIOUS SHOT++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronnie Fields, Moore County Sheriff:"The one local here, it was, they pulled up and, somebody did, and opened fire on the substation. Same thing at the other one. It was a gate and they went through the gate and got to the substation and shot it as well. "5. Substation ++NIGHT SHOT++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronnie Fields, Moore County Sheriff: ++OVERLAID BY PREVIOUS SHOT++"We don't have anything. No motivation. Nobody's, no group has stepped up to acknowledge or accept that they're the ones that done it. So I call them cowards."7. Traffic light with no power ++NIGHT SHOT++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronnie Fields, Moore County Sheriff:"I can say this, this individual that done this, it was targeted. It wasn't random."9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Phillips, Director of Public Safety, Moore County:"We have signed a state of emergency that has gone in effect and been effective at 4 p.m. today. With that state of emergency, as Sheriff Fields has stated, it does have a curfew beginning at 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., which is documented in our state of emergency. We have opened our shelter, the shelter location, if anyone needs to go to the shelter, is at Moore County Sports Complex."10. Various shelter exteriors ++NIGHT SHOTS/OVERLAYS PREVIOUS SHOT++STORYLINE:Two power substations in a North Carolina county were damaged by gunfire in what is being investigated as a criminal act, causing damage that could take days to repair and leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity, authorities said Sunday.In response to ongoing outages, which began just after 7 p.m. Saturday across Moore County, officials announced a state of emergency that included a curfew from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. Also, county schools will be closed Monday.“An attack like this on critical infrastructure is a serious, intentional crime and I expect state and federal authorities to thoroughly investigate and bring those responsible to justice,” Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Twitter. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said at a Sunday news conference that authorities have not determined a motivation. He said someone pulled up and “opened fire on the substation, the same thing with the other one.”“No group has stepped up to acknowledge or accept that they're the ones that done it,” Fields said.The sheriff noted that the FBI was working with state investigators to determine who was responsible. He also said “it was targeted.”“It wasn't random,” Fields said. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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