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Man Wounded After Surprising Intruders

Posted February 21, 2008 11:45 a.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2008 6:47 p.m. EST

— A Rocky Mount man was critically wounded early Thursday after he arrived home and surprised two intruders, police said.

Leslie Clardy, 65, came home at about 4 a.m. and saw his belongings scattered and a window broken at his residence on Dalton Road, police said. As he went to the back of the house, he was confronted by two black men who demanded money, police said.

The men shot Clardy four times before fleeing the scene, police said. He was listed in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

Police said the shooting wasn't a random act of violence and that they believe robbery was the motive.

Neighbors described Clardy as a quiet man who kept to himself. They also said his home had been broken into several times in recent months.

"He's a good person, a real good man. He pretty much just keeps to himself," neighbor James Vick said.