Police: 2 women shot, suspect in custody

By Kevin Spradlin

February 21, 2014

State, county and local police swarmed to the area between two apartment complexes off Highway Business 74 along Long Drive in Rockingham late Friday afternoon in response to a shooting in which two women were shot “multiple times.”

Police declined to release details about victims’ conditions, although a source said it was believed that one victim — initially believed to be a minor — had died from injuries sustained in the shooting. Authorities declined to comment about the cause of the incident — whether it was drug-related, domestic violence or something else.

Police indicated the two victims were transported by FirstHealth EMS to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, where they were transferred to MedCenter Air helicopters and airlifted to Charlotte.

The official statement from Rockingham Police Department came in the form of a news release. It acknowledged the incident at 1315 Cauthen Drive and indicated one suspected was in custody. A Rockingham Police Department representative confirmed one person had been arrested. The department declined to offer any details of the suspect.

The incident occurred around between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday in the area of the Crown Pointe apartment complex. Authorities with the State Highway Patrol, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Rockingham Police Department had formed a perimeter that prevented residents from entering or leaving either apartment complex as investigators questioned apartment complex residents about the incident and collected evidence.

At Rockingham Police Department headquarters in downtown Rockingham, family members said police there were questioning two men about the incident. According to the family members, the two men were not being detained and had not been arrested.

At about 6:15 p.m., it was believed that investigators were reviewing videotape from the scene of the shooting. At the same time, a Rockingham Police Department officer said search warrants were being drafted at that time. Police indicated that search warrants were later executed “at multiple locations at the apartment complex.”

No further details were available before The Daily Journal went to press.