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Man killed in Roanoke Rapids shooting

Posted March 8, 2009

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— A man from Roanoke Rapids died in a shooting at a 24-hour gas station late Saturday night.

Police said that Corey Graham, who was around age 20, was killed outside the New Dixie Mart at a BP gas station on U.S. Highway 158, at Interstate 95. Police labeled the case a homicide but have not commented further on the details of Graham's death.

The New Dixie Mart store manager, who asked not to be identified, said that several cars pulled up in the parking lot and the victim got out and made a purchase. When he left the store, other people got out of the car, and a fight started, the store manager said. The store clerk called 911, but before police arrived, guns were drawn. The manager said that the victim was shot beside the gas pump closest to the store.

The day after the shooting, the store manager pointed to bullet holes in the gas pumps, a window near the cash register, inside a restaurant and in the gas station across the street.

Nearby residents and customers said they were shocked by the shooting, which happened in what they described as an upscale part of town.

Police were back at the scene Sunday, combing it for evidence.

Officers would not say if they had any leads or suspects but said the investigation was ongoing.


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  • inthecountry Mar 9, 2009

    the victim was a drug dealer so please do not bother with sympathy

  • clemsonalltheway Mar 9, 2009

    Ladybug, RR just might have an "upscale" part, but I certainly don't think it is anywhere near the intersect of 95 & 158.

    I get so tired of little thugs who have no regard for human life, theirs or anyone else's. It goes back to "guns don't kill people, STUPID people kill people"

  • Ladybug1 Mar 9, 2009

    I didn't know Roanoke Rapids had an "Upscale part of town"?

  • Go GT Mar 9, 2009

    I dont live in RR- I work here. I live in a far worse place... Rocky Mount..

  • vsusu2002 Mar 9, 2009

    May this young man's family find comfort and peace as they search for the killers.

    To get off the subject though, if Roanoke Rapids is that bad as you described it GoGTIMBack, why live there? Why stay in an area in which you describe "stinks like paper" and "has nothing to offer"?

  • Go GT Mar 9, 2009

    The people who did this WILL be caught. RR stinks like paper- really has nothing to offer anyone- but the PD here is actually very good at solving crimes like this. Mark my words- by the end of the week the shooters will be caught.

  • weldinggirl87 Mar 9, 2009

    "Upscale part of town"?? Ha. I live in RR, there is nowhere in this town that could be considered even remotely upscale. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man and his family.

  • prayin4tr Mar 9, 2009

    Such a tragic situation.Innocent people could have been hurt. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. R.I.P. Biz.