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Chief: No suspects in Roanoke Rapids double shooting

Posted September 24, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014

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— Police Chief Andy Jackson said Thursday that Roanoke Rapids police don't have any suspects and are continuing to investigate a shooting Wednesday afternoon that left one man dead and another in critical condition.

Police were called to 1903 Gordon Drive at about 4 p.m. where they found the men in a car.

Wilton Lee Shawn Cotton, 22, of 161 Pine Lane in Garysburg, was dead, and the second man, also 22, was taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center, Jackson said.

In an update Thursday morning, Jackson said the wounded man, whose name hasn't been released, had been moved to an undisclosed location.

Jackson noted that neither man was from Roanoke Rapids.

Neighbors said they've noticed an increase in "riff-raff" over the last month and are concerned that the shooting happened in broad daylight.

Police are also concerned over recent activity in the area.

"Relatively, we have a good community," Jackson said. "We don't see a lot of bad crime, and this is very unusual this time of the day."


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  • T-ONE Sep 25, 2014

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    Thanks for saying what needed to be said!

  • moomoo Sep 25, 2014

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    5 basics of reporting are the "who, what, when, where, and how".

  • Alexia Proper Sep 25, 2014
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    You're lost? This is basics of any report on any incident: who, what, when, where.

    What's shocking is that somebody says that the number of riff-raff is increasing. This tells me they acknowledge there is already riff-raff living there.

    So knowing this, the community should really kick rear-ends and get things fixed. Between this town and Weldon next door, they might win the prize for murders per capita.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 25, 2014

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    And here we have an example of the typical gun toting, racist right-wing mindset. Thankfully, they and their ilk are a disappearing breed.

  • Angie Cox Sep 25, 2014
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    what does time of day have to do with it? I'm lost!

  • ohbumr Sep 25, 2014

    a shooting in a government housing project.....that's shocking.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 24, 2014

    Once again, have to be first regardless of the fact there is NO news. Pitiful.