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Rocky Mount police seek shooting suspect

Posted June 12, 2009

— Rocky Mount police are looking for man they allege shot another man just after noon on the 800 block of Arlington Street.

Billy Ray Artis Jr., 23, is described as a light-skinned black man standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He is wanted on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Police allege that Artis shot Anthony Kyseem Smith, 20, Friday in the stomach and shoulder. Smith was taken to Nash General Hospital.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect is asked to call police at 252-972-1411 or Capt. Laura Fahnestock at 252-972-1681.


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  • SOCLOSE Jun 12, 2009

    oh, I meant to say a BACK to school rally. BUT, what you need to understand is that our main focus is on the children. Not the adults. We are trying to reach the kids before it's too late for them. People like Mr. Artis. He's a grown man.

  • SOCLOSE Jun 12, 2009

    oooooooooooooo - Be on the look out for other rallies throughout the city. Oh, and thanks for the publicity. Even Haters promote our cause, without even knowing it.

  • SOCLOSE Jun 12, 2009

    ooooooooooooo - you're right, he didn't attend the Stop the Violence Rally, but, there were plenty of people who did. You keep confusing the Juneteenth Celebration with the Stop the Violence Rally. lol. you are really funny. Anyway, our rally was very successful, so much so, that there will be rallies going on in other neighborhoods throughout the summer. And not only that, the city loves our idea of an end of school rally, that will include relay games. Kinda like an rky mt olympics. Thanks for your concern.

  • dbpridgen69 Jun 12, 2009

    I wonder if Rocky Mount will keep up with it pace of 16 murders per year.

  • ooooooooooooooooo Jun 12, 2009

    Evidently Billy Ray did not attend the "Celebration" last Saturday for the right reasons.

    Sound Tech-There is always an excuse. I feel so sorry for these "victims" I don't know what to do. YEAH, RIGHT!

  • Sound Tech Jun 12, 2009

    I am not surprised by this. Our newly appointed District Attorney here in Rocky Mount just stated last week that the school systems and the court systems have failed our young black youth causing them to act like this.

  • TurboRockShow Jun 12, 2009

    Wadetp, so do I. I carry a Glock 29 10mm loaded with Federal Hydrashock. I grew up in Rocky Mount and haven't lived there in over ten years but I learned my lesson about self defense quite early. By the way I'm a liberal. Not all of use are anti-second ammendment rights.

  • the river rat Jun 12, 2009

    Don't worry Billy. DA Robert Evans understands it's not your fault and he'll protect you.

  • working for deadbeats Jun 12, 2009

    Wow, what a shocker.

  • the river rat Jun 12, 2009

    It's been 9 months since he was a guest of the DOC. Maybe he was getting lonely for his old friends.