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Man shot to death in Roanoke Rapids home

Posted September 5, 2011

— A 38-year-old man was killed and a second person injured in a shooting at a Roanoke Rapids home late Sunday, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. B.L. Martin said that Thomas Tyrone Davis was killed in the shooting at a Delta Drive home around 11 p.m. The second victim was taken to a local hospital and was in critical condition Monday.

Witnesses said they saw a white Ford Crown Victoria pull up to the house and a man get out and go into the house, Martin said. The man then ran out of the house, jumped in the car and sped away toward N.C. Highway 158.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444 or the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-1991 or 252-583-8051. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 6, 2011

    @Bartmeister, these people were run over by a car. If u believe in gods, then by definition u think this god can control events like this...every event, in fact...as well as every thought that every human, fish and insect may have. Otherwise, by definition, it’s not a god. Understand?

    So, if a god knows everything that is happening & will happen and what everyone is thinking & will think...what use is it for a mortal human to try to ask a god to change its “mind”?

    If u think there is an all-powerful & all-knowing god, everything on earth is/was/will be done by that god. Good & bad. If a car jumps a curb, god did it. If a country is devastated by a tsunami, god did it. Believers can have no middle ground here. It’s either all god or no god. If the being in question isn’t actually powerful enough to do this, it’s not a god.

    If I could have prevented this car from hurting these women, but I didn’t...what would you think of me? Why?

  • Bartmeister Sep 6, 2011

    Doesn't the deity who caused the disaster in the first place know full well what everyone is thinking, who suffered, how much they'll recover, etc?

    Sooooo, you reference a supernatural being or presence. And then you blame that very presence for the actions, not the people. But you question one's process of expressing their feelings. I'm wondering what you would say to a very close friend's family after that friend met an untimely and brutal death? Being a public forum, why would those thoughts of praying for the family be out of place, no more than saying it to the family in person? And why is this even being discussed? Oh well, hope they catch the bad guys.

  • michaelllee11 Sep 6, 2011

    Halifax County has become a danger zone. So many killings in the past year(past few weeks even). This is suppose to be a quiet rural county, not Durham North Carolina.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 6, 2011

    @jj20, it's not the *victims* that are "supposed to know when something so horrendous is about to happen', it's the being that you're praying to that's supposed to know this.

    I mean, you're not praying TO the victims are you guys? You're praying to the deity, who presumably has some hand in the outcome.

    So, the question remains... why pray? Doesn't the deity who caused the disaster in the first place know full well what everyone is thinking, who suffered, how much they'll recover, etc?...including what YOU are thinking?

    So...why pray? Or more importantly, why tell everyone that you're praying? For instance, Christians are commanded by Jesus (in his Sermon on the Mount) to NOT pray in public, but in private...in the closet in your room, actually. (MATT 6:5-6)

  • smcallah Sep 6, 2011

    "Every day...more shootings. NC has a lot of homicides lately."

    A lot? Really? Just because the news doesn't report on everyone that wasn't shot every day doesn't mean there are a lot of shootings.

    Don't let the news scare you.

  • JJ20 Sep 5, 2011

    Saberage, how are the victims supposed to know when something so horrendous is about to happen? I can say this from experience that I know how the victim's family will feel once they receive the news that their loved one was murdered and won't be coming home. Although my sister and I reached the same conclusion as you a few days ago when we were talking about prayer, I can completely understand why people do it after such a horrible crime. Regarding the case I'm referring to, the murderers have not been caught, yet the wounds are still very raw when the autopsy report is plastered all over the local news. The emotional pain sometimes is too much, so we can only hope the victim's family has the strength to pull through it.

  • killing_me_softly Sep 5, 2011

    Because they now have to deal with a loss. Because now they have to re-live this in court. That is why you pray for the families.

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa Sep 5, 2011

    Why do so many "pray for the family"? One may counter that any prayers should have been made long before the event. Now that it is over, what exactly do the prayers bring forth?

  • GoHeels88 Sep 5, 2011

    Praying for the families!

  • Massdaddy Sep 5, 2011

    Every day...more shootings. NC has a lot of homicides lately. If you notice, most of these shooting are taking place at night when everyone should be at home minding their own business. Instead people are out and about in the middle of the night. After the sun goes down, there isn't much good going on.