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Police: Fight over tennis shoes leads to fatal Roxboro shooting

Roxboro police are investigating the death of a man they believe was shot by accident.

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ROXBORO, N.C. — A bystander was shot and killed in a Roxboro park Monday evening as three people argued over some tennis shoes, police said Tuesday.

Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said in a statement that 20-year-old Cornell Torian was at Longhurst Park on Monday at around 5:30 p.m. when the men started arguing. Shots were fired during the fight, and Torian was hit.

Richard Jackson, 16, was charged with first-degree murder in the case and surrendered to police on Tuesday.

"As a parent, my heart goes out to both parents in this tragedy," Hess said. "The tragic loss of life tonight has forever impacted two families."



Matthew Burns, Web Editor

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