Police say Nash County student helped render aid after shooting at Rocky Mount Chili's – WRAL News


After initially refuting a high school senior’s story after a shooting at Chili’s, the Rocky Mount Police Department has now said the student helped render aid to a teenage employee shot on the job.
The school district quoted Poland as saying, "I sat down and started eating my cheeseburger and I hear this loud noise. It literally sounded like someone had threw a plate across the restaurant and it just shattered on the floor, and there was just a girl standing there holding a gun pointed at the lady that was bleeding out on the floor."
Battle was charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and going armed to the terror of the public.
According to Nash County Public Schools, Poland told a teacher that she used gloves, towels and pressure to staunch the bleeding of a Chili's employee with a bullet wound. That teacher passed the story along to district administrators, who highlighted Poland's actions in the Facebook post.
Police initially said the story about Poland was not true and that a different Nash County Public Schools’ student assisted the shooting victim. Police verified the student's identity by reviewing body camera footage from multiple officers.
The Rocky Mount Police Department had requested Nash County Public Schools remove the social media post, and the school district "reached out to Mariah Poland and her family to have a discussion with her about falsifying the story," the district said on Monday.
However, a city official who reviewed the body camera footage said it does show that Mariah Poland put on gloves and applied gauze to the gunshot wound of the teenage victim in the Chili’s shooting.
She was not the first person to tend to the victim, but she did respond and apply aid rather than running from the scene.
In a press release from Rocky Mount police Monday, the department lists Poland, as well as another patron Shaketa Whitaker, as having assisted by rendering aid to the wounded employee.
The press release does not mention the initial comments calling Poland's story into question.
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