Fourth Generation Warfare

FBI looking for any ties between power facility shootings in North, South Carolina

After the lights went out in Moore County, N.C., someone opened fire near a hydro facility in Ridgeway, South Carolina.
Image: Workers work on equipment at the West End Substation, at 6910 NC Hwy 211 in West End, N.C., on Dec. 5, 2022, where a serious attack on critical infrastructure has caused a power outage to many around Southern Pines, N.C.

Workers work on equipment at the West End Substation, at 6910 NC Hwy 211 in West End, N.C., on Dec. 5, 2022, where a serious attack on critical infrastructure has caused a power outage to many around Southern Pines, N.C.

The FBI is analyzing shell casings found near power facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina, a law enforcement memo revealed Friday, after North Carolina gunfire led to nearly 96 hours of darkness in one county.

The “target attacks” at two Duke Energy substations in Moore County, North Carolina on Saturday night knocked out power to 45,000 homes and businesses before local electricity was restored Wednesday night.

And as the last of those darkened lights were coming on, shots were fired near Duke Energy’s Wateree Hydro Station in Ridgeway, South Carolina, about 130 miles south of Moore County, officials said.

A man hanging out of the passenger side of a hatchback opened fire with a rifle a little after 4:30 p.m., witnesses told Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputies.

The gunfire happened about a half-mile from the hydro station and Sheriff Lee Boan said Thursday there’s no immediately evidence the gunman was aiming at the power provider.

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