North Carolina

Police search for clues in man’s shooting death

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: murder, North Carolina |

Raleigh police were planning to blanket the area near where a man was found shot Tuesday to search for clues to his death.

Police were handing out fliers door-to-door in the neighborhood near the Battle Ridge at Chastain community where Christopher Ryan Davis, 19, of Clayton, was found face-down in front of a parked car

Police said someone called 911 at 6:34 a.m. Tuesday to report the body off the 6500 block of Guard Hill Drive.

The crime scene was next to a playground and two houses that are under construction. Neighbors said the body was found near a busy thoroughfare connecting several sections of the neighborhood. More on

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19-year-old Woman shot to death by boyfriend

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, North Carolina |

A 19-year-old woman died after being shot in the head at a Franklin County home early Sunday, Sheriff Pat Green said.

David Bishop, 24, pulled out a gun and began firing in a house at 609 Fox Ridge Road in Fox Ridge Farms subdivision, south of Louisburg, Green said. He then aimed at Gabrielle Reece, 19, of Abercrombie Road in Wake Forest, and fired, the sheriff said.

Another young woman managed to flee from the house and called 911.

Bishop fled the scene, but deputies followed him to a wooded area near the home, Green said. However, he was still on the run Sunday evening.

Bishop was Reece’s boyfriend, deputies said. He was on probation following a March arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested again last month for causing damage to personal property, but was released on bond, deputies said. More on NC wanted

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Man Shot To Death At Greensboro Night Club

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, North Carolina |

Greensboro, NC– Greensboro police say around 5:15am, Sunday, officers respond to the Lost Dimensions on Farragut St. on a shooting call.

When they arrived on the scene, investigators found 30 year old Carlton Smith dead from a gun shot wound.

Greensboro Police Detectives are continuing the investigation.

They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 373-1000 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 373-2255. More on

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Hunter Shot, Killed by Game Warden

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: North Carolina, shot by police |

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. – A wildlife official said a veteran game warden acted in self defense when he shot and killed a hunter on the hunter’s property Saturday, the first day of turkey season.

Officer Mark Minton shot Clyde Coffey around 7:30 a.m. on Coffey’s property north of North Wilkesboro. Minton is a 12-year veteran of the force.

Robbins says the family owns a hunting cabin and about 30 acres in Wilkes County. She said her father was in the place he loved, at his cabin off Cane Creek Church Road. Around 7 a.m., Clyde Coffey and his two grandkids went behind the home at 7 a.m. to hunt turkeys.

“He’s minding his own business sitting in a tree stand. He hadn’t been there long. My dad had a gun, he was turkey hunting! But my dad’s gun never fired. And ther was only two of them there, and my dad’s gone. He can’t tell his side,” said Clyde’s daughter Debbie Robbins.

Officer Minton, a 12-year-veteran of the Law Enforcement Division of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was on patrol on the opening day of the 2009 spring wild turkey season in North Carolina.

An armed confrontation with a hunter resulted in Officer Minton firing a shot, apparently in self-defense, which led to the death of the alleged assailant,” Penny Miller said in a release from Wildlife Resources Commission.

Robbins said her father was hard of hearing and she’s afraid that may have caused a miscommunication between him and the officer.

“My dad hadn’t saw a ranger in that area in 25 years, so how would he know what one looked like? And if the guy’s telling him who he is, can my dad hear him? Is he walking towards him saying, what? I can’t hear you?,” said Debbie Rollins.

The investigation of the shooting is being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with prescribed procedures. Officer Minton is currently on paid administrative leave.

Wildlife officers are trained under the state’s Department of Justice standards which give them authoritiy to use deadly force.

The last time a North Carolina Wildlife Officer was involved in a shooting was November 1980 when the officer was killed and the suspect wounded.  More on

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Gunman Kills 8 in Nursing Home

Posted on March 28, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, North Carolina | Tags: , |

Carthage, North Carolina – North Carolina police are investigating whether the man accused of killing eight people in a nursing home shooting spree may have targeted the home because his estranged wife worked there, according to The Associated Press.

At 10 a.m. Sunday morning, while many residents of Carthage, N.C., were sitting quietly in church, police said 45-year-old Robert Stewart entered a local nursing home armed with multiple guns. Stalking from room to room, he shot several residents, even those bound to wheelchairs.

By the time the only on-duty officer for the Carthage Police Department arrived at the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center and put a stop to the massacre, seven nursing home patients and one nursing home employee had died.

“He came in with a shotgun, a rifle and a couple other kinds of weapons and he just went around shooting people, people in wheelchairs and this type of thing,” Sen. Harris Blake of the North Carolina State Assembly said. “This could not be any more barbaric.”

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