Caldwell County authorities are searching for a kidnapping and shooting suspect.

The Caldwell Journal reports Caldwell County Sheriff’s deputies, Caldwell County Emergency Services, and Sawmills Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a report of a fight in progress with shots fired in the 5200 block of Cannon Drive off of Dry Ponds Rd in the Sawmills Community. Responding officers were advised of a single victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds who was still on scene. The victim was treated and airlifted.

According to the report, witnesses in the area say that the suspect, a white male, wearing a dark colored hoodie and a gray sweatshirt ran on foot into a wooded area off Cannon Drive. A search was initiated but the suspect was not located.

Further investigation revealed that 3 people, including the shooting victim, were kidnapped from a business in the city limits of Hickory and transported to Caldwell County where the shooting occurred. Aside from the shooting victim, the other two were unharmed.

Brendan Marshall Withers, age 25 is wanted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office for Attempted Murder. Withers is wanted by Hickory Police Department for 3 counts of First Degree Kidnapping, and Felony Discharging a Firearm to Incite Fear.

Withers is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you have information, call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324.