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One killed, one wounded in Roxboro shooting

Posted November 10, 2008

— One person was killed and a second wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting in downtown Roxboro, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 12:30 p.m. in front of Yesterday's Interiors, at 124 S. Main St. near the Person County Courthouse, police said.

City Manager Jon Barlow said the two victims, whose names authorities withheld, were shot three times each.

The motive for the shooting hadn't been determined as of Monday evening, Barlow said.

Trixie Wright said she thinks she saw the people involved in the shooting in Superior Court Monday morning.

"Every time the guy moved, they moved. Everywhere he went to sit, they moved to sit beside him, and then he moved to the back bench and they just sat right there with him," Wright said.

Capt. Tony Kirby of the Roxboro Police Department said police were looking into a possible courthouse connection to the shooting.

Police questioned and released one person and issued an arrest warrant for a second person, identified as Matthew Euliss Long, 20, Kirby said.

He said he was thankful that no one else was wounded, considering the shooting occurred downtown during the lunch hour.

Wright said she was frightened when she heard the shots.

"It's real scary because you don't really know which way the bullets are going to fly, and if you don't have anything to do with it, you are innocent and you don't want to get shot," she said.

Anyone who knows Long's whereabouts was asked to call Roxboro police at 336-599-8345.


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  • madisongunter Nov 10, 2008


  • cassyfaye Nov 10, 2008

    yea espcially when they were mobs outside the hospital all afternoon treatening to shoot anyone who came out and treatening to go ina get the guy... sad sad sad. the hospital was locked down till 6...

  • tarheelblue919 Nov 10, 2008

    how about the smart woman that put her face and name on the news saying she saw them.....HELLO! that was a dumb move...

  • loveconquersyou Nov 10, 2008

    Do they seriously think someone is gonna give them this info?

  • heels4life05 Nov 10, 2008

    this happened at the intersection of abbit street and main, across the street from the courthouse. unfortunately, i was eating lunch uptown while this occured. thankfully, no one else was injured. hope they find this guy.

  • tarheelblue919 Nov 10, 2008

    now if law enforcement can get off their high horse of showing favortism towards the criminals they just might get this thing solved! only a few good cops in roxboro....which is also sad...anyone from rox know if the new sheriff is any better then d. oakley????

  • whydrugs Nov 10, 2008

    This incident that took place today in front of the old Leggett building did involve money owed to someone for drugs, in Durham at that. Most of the people involved had a court date today at the Person County Courthouse really close by. I would not be blaming DA Brewer for any sentencing that takes place. It is the NC JUDICIAL SYSTEM! Brewer has helped my family in very horrific incident that took place a couple of years ago, so please do not blame him. All NC citizens can do something about the NC Judicial System rules, but just do not take the time to do so. You have to make your voice heard. So please keep all drug related issues out of our small town of Roxboro! All subjects involved are African American. It's sad that someone has to take another's life in any matter whatsoever. What has this world come to???? True, you always need to lock your home doors now as well as your car doors. Really, really sad. Why can't everyone get along & live freely and happily on life?

  • webegb-Is in a happy place Nov 10, 2008

    That's right next to the church where my kids went to preschool. Fortunately school ends at 12:00.

  • Ajay F.S. Nov 10, 2008

    Thanks Avenger. I was trying to place it a bit further up the road, but now that you mention it, I recognize it.

  • PearlMonteverde Nov 10, 2008

    Doesn't matter who they detain or arrest......everyone knows D.A. Brewer has a brain the size of a small butterbean. Save Person County some money & just pat the bad guys on the back for their own form of criminal justice. Locking my doors tight in Person County, with my German Shepherd ready for battle.