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Bicyclist shot in Rocky Mount drive-by

Posted October 2, 2008

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— The occupants of a vehicle shot a bicyclist riding along Grand Avenue early Wednesday, Rocky Mount police said.

Police said a dark-colored car pulled alongside Michael Cooley as he was riding a bike at 708 E. Grand Ave. around 3:30 a.m. An occupant of the car fired a gun, hitting Cooley once, officers said.

Cooley was transported to Nash General Hospital.

Police described the vehicle as a green Ford Taurus or Nissan Maxima.

Anyone who was in the area of East Grand and Park avenues between 3 a.m. and 3:40 was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Capt. Martin McCoy at 252-972-1485. Callers to Crime Stoppers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Yellow Rider Oct 3, 2008

    Sounds gang-related. Most cyclists aren't out riding at 3:30 am. Nevertheless, I'm curious to know if the cyclist was wearing a helmet and had head and taillights on his bike. Those are good things for night-riding, and apparently kevlar vest in Rocky Mount.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 3, 2008

    Only a coward harms another person like this. The shooter feels safe in his 3000 lbs of steel, hurts a nearby guy on his bicycle and then makes a quick getaway. Coward.

    IMO, it's equivalent to a person intimidating a bicyclist with their car. (You know who you are.) Such a lowly human, who attempts to harm or actually harms cyclist with their car, have, IMO, attempted murder. In return, IMO as a commuting cyclist and also a blackbelt, know that I feel that if someone tried to kill me, I would be justified in defending myself with deadly force.

  • mooremotox Oct 3, 2008

    The city of Rocky Mount has one of the highest crime rates in the U.S. The police are under-staffed and can not handle rocky mount and yet, they are in the process of trying to annex my community into rocky mount....Not with-out a fight...Everyone, please pray for our fight against them...Oak Level Community Against Forced Annexation

  • Igor Oct 3, 2008

    the freaks come out at night....

  • R.O.BdaCZAR Oct 3, 2008

    Must be a war going on in Rocky Mt.

  • KniftyKnitter Oct 3, 2008

    Well, is the guy okay?

  • freetospeak Oct 2, 2008

    Based upon the 2 stories WRAL posted about people being shot between 2-4am in Rocky Mount, I only have one thing to say - keep your rears at home!!!

  • jkca Oct 2, 2008

    jesmyopinion, I used to live in RMT(thankfully we moved recently). RMT WAS not such a bad city until recently.

  • Just the facts mam Oct 2, 2008

    I have never been to Rocky Mount - sounds like a very violent place to me from the little I have heard about it.