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Man charged in nephew's shooting death

Posted November 9, 2010

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— Rocky Mount police charged a man with killing his nephew Tuesday morning after an argument involving two other men.

Ronald Bernard Dowd Jr., 46, faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of Zachary Dowd, 25.

Investigators say Zachary Dowd and his brother were in an argument at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at 1809 Burton St. when the shooting occurred.

Zachary Dowd died at the scene, and Robert Dowd was arrested shortly after the shooting, police said.

Authorities did not provide any other details about the crime, including what might have led to the argument or if any other charges would be filed in the case.

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  • Mr. Middle of the Road Nov 9, 2010

    Man, Ronald needs to go to jail just for being ugly.

  • apexgirl11 Nov 9, 2010

    Who is Robert Dowd? The story says Ronald Bernard Down, Jr. is the uncle, but that Robert Dowd was arrested.....is there another person involved?

  • slappywhite Nov 9, 2010

    we have to stop the madness

  • wildcat Nov 9, 2010

    A tragedy and yet around the up coming holidays. Will people ever learn to just simply walk away. Tomorrow you will be thinking differently. A man shot and killed his nephew, which he will never be able to get over. Pray for this family.

  • wildcat Nov 9, 2010

    Dowd Jr., 46, faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of Zachary Dowd, 25.

    How horrible and to know the argument was probably over nothing. My condolences to the family. May God continue to be with all of you.

  • raggy831 Nov 9, 2010

    I am glad that I moved away from Burton Street. No longer a good neighbor!

  • ncguy Nov 9, 2010

    apple- tree

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 9, 2010

    Sounds like the Dad shot the Son..........SAD!!!

    Uncle rather

  • in2horses Nov 9, 2010

    Sounds like the Dad shot the Son..........SAD!!!

  • pskunk119 Nov 9, 2010

    I remember Zack Dowd as a student at Northern Nash HS. He was HIGHLY unstable. Not a surprising end for him at all.

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