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Warrant issued in Rocky Mount shooting

Posted July 21, 2009

— Rocky Mount police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in a shooting in the 500 block of Dexter Street.

Octavius Dickens, 21, is wanted in the shooting of Lanorris Smalls on July 4. Dickens faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, police said.

Officers found Smalls lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his neck around 1:45 a.m. on July 4.

Smalls told police that he was walking when two men on a bike approached him. One man shot and robbed him, and they both fled on the bike, police said.

Authorities have not released any information about a potential second suspect


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 22, 2009

    I think we need a couple of additional Headings on WRAL's Home Page. Along with Local News and National News, we need some sections called "Durham News" and "Rocky Mount News". Then it would be easier to see immediately how many people have been shot today in each town.

  • Beach4Me Jul 22, 2009

    Day, after day, after day.....When are people going to wake up and smell the cocoa?

  • voiceofreason32 Jul 22, 2009

    Of course according to DA Evans, its not his fault he is a crook, but the education and judicial system

  • offconstantly Jul 22, 2009

    he is so special to one and all.....(hint of sarcasm ya think?)

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 21, 2009

    I'm sure this perp would have been a great contributor to society.