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Man shot, killed outside Rocky Mount home

Posted May 22, 2012

— A 26-year-old man died in a shooting in a Rocky Mount neighborhood late Monday, police said.

Two unidentified men shot and killed Emmanuel Robert Gent, of Rocky Mount, outside a house at 1414 Branch St. around 10 p.m., police said.

The men also assaulted Tavarius Monquele Alston, 26, police said. He managed to run inside his home, where his wife had just put their children to bed, and a relative called 911. Paramedics treated him at the scene for minor injuries.

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Multiple bullet holes scarred the brick house, but Alston's wife said no one inside the home was injured.

Police had only vague descriptions of the two gunmen, last seen running from Branch Street toward Clark Street. One man was wearing a red bandanna over his face, a white T-shirt and black pants. The second was wearing a black shirt, pants and shoes.

"We're hoping that there is someone out there that saw something. It's a pretty vibrant community. There's a lot of people out moving that time of the evening," said police spokesman Cpl. Michael Lewis.

Officers did not comment on a motive. No arrests have been made.

"We heard a whole lot of bullets being fired. It sounded like a shotgun and a handgun was shooting, probably about eight times. Then, we heard the police come," said neighbor Lizzie Chisolm.

Gent's death marks the sixth homicide in Rocky Mount this year. Last year, 12 people were killed in the city, up from 11 in 2010 and seven in 2009.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Rocky Mount police at 252-972-1411, Detective Clay Wilder at 252-972-1454 or Capt. Laura Fahnestock at 252-972-1681 or send an email to Clay.Wilder@rockymountnc.gov or Laura.Fahnestock@rockymountnc.gov.

Anonymous tips can also be given by calling Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or emailing crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov.


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  • BSmart May 22, 2012

    All the leaders in Rocky Mount and Nash County care about is getting a chicken plant. If they would spend all the money on cleaning up the crime in Rocky Mount that they have spent trying to lure Sanderson Farms, they would have a place that would be safe and could lure better businesses with higher wages.

  • stupidbrainchild May 22, 2012

    For areas with such a high crime rate, Martial Law needs to be declared and all these criminals flushed out. I live in Rocky Mount and would be glad to help.

  • stupidbrainchild May 22, 2012

    That is why I stay away from parts of Rocky Mount between the the intersection of 64 and Raleigh St. and all the way down to 301 and Raleigh Rd. That area looks like a third world nation.

  • 1775 May 22, 2012

    "RMPD isn't the problem...they're simply overwhelmed."

    I would also bet they are short staffed as I just read senior RMPD police officers only make $36,895.68.

    Seems like the local LEO's are going to need a task force to combat gangs, drugs, and all related violence to gain control of their city again.

    I suspect the force continuum will need to be escalated to a regrettable level to impact change for RM. I pray I'm wrong.

  • pinball wizard May 22, 2012

    jnolson, you hit it on the head. It is not the police's fault, it is humans that are committing these crimes. The community, leaders, churches, schools, families, government fail to hold those people accountable for their actions.

    Until these humans are challenged to behave like a society should, it will continue to get worse.

  • holmesap May 22, 2012

    I was born and raised in Rocky Mount. I even lived in this area when I was growing up. Rocky Mount Police Department is no the blame. The city manager,city council and other government leaders in this city are the blame. Rocky Mount started falling apart when it quit being a city and started being Nash and Edgecombe County. The power and money is in Nash County. I do not live in the city limits and never will again. Rocky Mount leaders are more interested in remodeling a block that should have been bull dozed down years ago instead of its citizens.

  • jnoslon May 22, 2012

    What's the problem? Why do we see so much stupid violence?

    Extremely diverse community with the majority being government-dependent, one of the poorest and most uneducated counties in the state (Edgecombe), Top 100 most dangerous city (ranked 55), one of the highest murder/crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes, chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 14, more than 94% of NC communities have a lower crime rate than Rocky Mount, chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime (forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon) is one in 84, chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 16. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Rocky Mount.

    Low literacy is higher among adults in Rocky Mount (look at some of the current City Council members).

    RMPD isn't the problem...they're simply overwhelmed.

  • Giggity May 22, 2012

    NYTONC: Your questions show an obvious ignorance of what the police actually do and what they are actually capable of doing. Law enforcement can't stand in front of every house and wait for something to happen. Maybe, just maybe, the people have to take some responsibility and actually tell law enforcement what happened and give them information.

    It amazes me when I hear, "What are the police gonna do about it?" How about you ask, "Why are these young people shooting at each other?"

  • As if .... May 22, 2012

    Where is the outrage from State so called leaders !! ? Is there a police force in that town? or are they all asleep . How many more kids have to be killed before someone takes action?

  • ecualumni1982 May 22, 2012

    I live in Robeson County, the undisputed heavy weight champ of violent crimes in NC for the past 30yrs, 900+ every year or 3x that of other counties. So what is the reason for all the crime, well it’s because there are too many young people and too few jobs. So what is the solution, well nothing is quick but the most viable option in the long term is to aggressively encourage birth control in the lower income areas. In the south we need to stop being backward and overly intrusive with our religious values and face the fact that teens have and will always be sexually active and many will destroy any and all hopes of a solid future for their children by birthing them into poverty. I know, someone always tells some antidotal story about raising up from the ghetto to become a doctor, but stop being dense, this is a 1-2 case scenario out of 100 and its the other 98 that you need to worry about jacking you in the parking lot at the mall.