ROCKINGHAM — Three violent incidents within 36 hours resulted in two men being hospitalized for physical trauma.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrived at a home on Cartledge Creek Road just before 2 p.m. Sunday to find 23-year-old Ethan Grant suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge.
Gulledge said Grant was airlifted to a trauma center, adding there was no update on the victim’s condition late Monday.
Deputies closed Cartledge Creek Road at its intersection with Old Highway 74 for several hours after the shooting.
Around 12 hours earlier, deputies responded to Rockingham Dragway after a call came in about a possible shooting.
He said William Bryant Jr. of Hamlet was found in the road near the concession stands, lying on his side with injuries around his head and face.
Bryant was taken to the hospital by FirstHealth EMS and later flown to a trauma center.
Gulledge said after the initial investigation, it was discovered that no one had been shot, although there were shell casings recovered nearby and it’s believed that shots were fired during the incident.
Some type of unknown blunt object was used in the assault, he said.
Off-duty deputies working at the event secured the area.
Dragway owner Steve Earwood said it was “fortunate” none of the other attendees of the annual Rally at the Rock event were injured.
“This is the fifth year we’ve had this event and never had an incident,” he continued. “Not even a cross word. It’s just been a great event.”
The rally, which was brought in by an outside promoter, drew visitors from all over the Southeast.
No suspects have been identified or charges filed in either assault, and Gulledge said the investigations are still ongoing.
Anyone with information on either case is encouraged to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 910-895-3232 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.
Before noon on Monday, deputies were also investigating a call of shots fired on Ellen Road in the Little Philadelphia community.
Gulledge said deputies are still investigating that incident as well, and should have more information on Tuesday.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.