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Composite released of Granville County rest stop shooter

Posted July 22, 2010

— The Granville County Sheriff's Office has released a composite image of the man they believe robbed two men and shot one in a rest stop bathroom along Interstate 85 South near Oxford last week.

Authorities said the shooter stood on a urinal, looked over the wall of a stall at one of the victims, pointed a gun and robbed him. One of the victims was shot multiple times and was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The victims and shooter did not know each other, according to Detective Bryant Strother, who called the July 15 incident a random act.

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.

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.

Authorities put together the composite released Thursday from information provided by a witness.

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.


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  • airbornemonty Jul 22, 2010

    This is really disturbing, North Carolina has some of the best rest stops that I have ever been to and to have something such as this happen, holy smoke!

    I suppose that I will have to ask Lucille to hold my hand when I go to an NC urinal in the future and that is sad.

  • YA RECKON Jul 22, 2010

    re: twc : ....... Or charged with carrying a concealed weapon to endanger.

    you should really stick to things you know something about, otherwise you make yourself sound silly.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 22, 2010

    I just recently added the "Taurus Public Defender" to my cancelled carry instuments. This is very new, uses the 3" Mag .410 shotshell, extremly proficient inside the 25 ft distance. SA/DA 5 rounds (equates to 25 - 357 lead pellets down range in less than 1.5 sec. I like it!

  • ElvisPresleyJr Jul 22, 2010

    Basic generic post: I hope they catch this person and arrest him and read him his miranda rights and properly search him for weapons and then carry him to the police department and follow procedures and fingerprint him and place him in a jail cell and give him a court date and a fair trial. I also hope that they make sure his rights are not violated and that he gets his one free call to his attorney to properly represent him. I believe in innocent until proven guilty. Okay, now i can toss this stupid que card.

  • ElvisPresleyJr Jul 22, 2010

    I go to rest stops at night and I don't own a gun. I'm not afraid either. Just sayin.
    that's probably because you're playing your guitar so loud in the rest area and no one wants to come near you. Now if you're playing guitar while i'm singing "you ain't nothin' but a hound dog" then perhaps they would be throwing themselves at us (or rather me) trying to get autographs!

  • ElvisPresleyJr Jul 22, 2010

    wildcat you seem to have a pretty basic and generic post there. Did you have a problem getting what you really wanted to say out in the opening? *lol*

  • meBNme Jul 22, 2010


    4TheTeaParty, do you find that a 32 cal. is good enough or does a 380 automatic the better choice? I would like to carry a 9mm concealed but it may be just a tad too bulky. What do you think?

    Look at the KAHR PM9 its TINY, buts shoots very well, and is a pmm 7 shot and smaller than many 380s

  • davido Jul 22, 2010

    I go to rest stops at night and I don't own a gun. I'm not afraid either. Just sayin.

  • wildcat Jul 22, 2010

    May they find this dangerous person soon.

  • twc Jul 22, 2010

    Oops; I think faster than they do, I guess!