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Man, 67, surrenders to face attempted murder charges

Posted May 6, 2010 12:30 p.m. EDT

— A 67-year-old LaGrange man surrendered to authorities Wednesday to face attempted murder charges stemming from the shooting of two men in their early 20s last weekend.

Robert Earl Smith, of Hill Street, had been wanted in the Friday night shooting of Anthony Dawson, 20, and Michael Haynie, 21, both of LaGrange, in the 200 block of North Hadden Street, said Capt. Jim Oldenburg, with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office.

Dawson and Haynie were shot at close range with a shotgun, Oldenburg said. Dawson was wounded in the left side of his chest, and Haynie on the right side of his torso. They were in fair and stable condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville Thursday.

Oldenburg said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the victims and Smith, who goes by the street name "Hotfoot."

Witnesses saw a Chrysler PT Cruiser driving slowing in the area before the shooting and later at a residence on Hill Street, leading to the identification of Smith as the suspect.

In addition to attempted murder, Smith was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He was being held under a $1 million secured bond.