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Two men robbed, one shot at Granville County rest stop

Posted July 16, 2010

— Granville County sheriff's officials said an unknown man robbed two men and shot one of them in a rest stop bathroom along Interstate 85 South near Oxford around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

The victims and shooter did not know each other, according to Detective Bryant Strother, who called it a random act.

One of the victims was shot multiple times and was being treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The victims' names were not released, but authorities said one of the men was from Florida and the man who was shot had recently moved to the Charlotte area from Rhode Island.

Authorities said the shooter stood on a urinal, looked over the wall at one of the victims in a stall, pointed a gun and robbed him.

The shooter left in a silver or gold passenger car, and another person could have been in the car as well, according to sheriff's officials. No other details were available.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Granville County Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100. Callers can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the case.

Jimmy Parrish, a supervisor in charge of the state's 61 rest stops, said crime is very minimal at the stops and there are no surveillance cameras around the restrooms.

Many drivers who visited the rest stop on Friday said they believe the cameras would go a long way toward restoring their feeling of security.

"They do need to have some security cameras around, not in the restrooms, but at least going in and out of them," Warren County resident Margo Holbrook said.

The Department of Transportation said there is talk of putting cameras in rest stops statewide.


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  • dlee8257 Jul 22, 2010

    I drive by the restroom and stop on the edge of the rest area exit so we can watch our surroundings. In parking lots we stay clear of dark areas by parking a little further out and do not approach our vehicle without looking it over for signs of glass breakage. Also have our weapon at ready instead of arms full with no plan of survival in place. Will we shoot to kill? Don't risk your life on the answer.

  • Cricket at the lake Jul 16, 2010

    CC - the great equalizer. Makes a 120 pound woman equal to a 250 pound man and not their victim. And it's true - if the criminals aren't sure who is carrying and who isn't - they are less likely to commit that crime.

  • sniperdiver Jul 16, 2010

    I agree that this is a perfect point to argue for a citizens right to bear arms. In NC a citizen can carry concealed after training and reception of a permit. These poor folks would have at least had a fighting chance.

  • grasshopperrtp2 Jul 16, 2010

    rargos,I see you were told that the permit is a matter of public record.I am sorry you went through that hassle.This is a perfect example of how the media has put the public's life in harms way by disclosing this info to criminals.I wonder how these reporters would feel if criminals came into their home.Concealed weapons permit for me?NEVER!!!

  • rargos Jul 16, 2010

    Of course, WRAL isn't reporting what the N&O is :

    "Based on interviews with the robbery victim, Strother said deputies are looking for a clean-shaven black male, between the ages of 18 and 25, with short hair. He could possibly be driving a gold or silver Nissan Altima and he may have had someone in the car with him at the time of the robbery and shooting, Strother said."

    Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/07/16/584159/2-men-robbed-1-shot-at-i-85-rest.html#ixzz0tssGCOf4

    You'd think WRAL would publish information that might help catch this criminal ...

  • johnstonredneck Jul 16, 2010

    Obviously the shooter thought the victim was putting out some pretty foul oder

  • rargos Jul 16, 2010

    "He said,'It was easy,all I had to do was look in the newspaper.They list everyone's name that have just received a carry concealed weapons permit."

    The Chapel Hill Herald used to print the name and address of everyone getting a pistol permit (no CCW at that time). Everytime I got a permit, I also got a half-dozen, always anonymous phone calls from self-righteous people asking me why I wanted to kill children or suggesting that I was compensating for a physical "insufficiency".

    I complained to the newspaper and they said they were merely publishing public records that people found "interesting." When domestic partnerships (another public record) were legalized in Carrboro, they said they would refuse to publish that information in order to protect gays and lesbians from "harassment."

    America : land of the double standard ...

  • rargos Jul 16, 2010

    "Fascinating. I've lived 47 years in this country and I never recall a time when there was freedom from violent crime. I guess it's the "good old days" syndrome." -- tgiv

    I never said there was freedom from violent crime, but things are getting much worse.

    Would you let your 10 year old child wander the streets alone? We did that when we were kids. Would you leave your house/car unlocked? Normal when I was growing up. Were there mass shootings almost every week? Was someone shooting a cop an everyday occurance?

    I should mention that there were PLENTY of guns where I grew up and plenty of poor and minority persons as well : it's not guns, income, race, etc.

    The problem is that society decided to end discrimination (which is a bad thing) by making it unpopular / unacceptable / illegal to critize or judge anyone for anything. Without a shared set of values, society is slowly becoming a free-for-all, and its no suprise that the morals/values (not necessarily religious ones) t

  • grasshopperrtp2 Jul 16, 2010

    I now remember this rest area.Years ago they had a problem there but it got cleaned up.No more lot lizards.

  • enorman Jul 16, 2010

    I'd sure be raising hell with the newspaper folks in that area and contacting the representatives about this. They don't print that info where I am.