The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 8, 2013

Albemarle Police investigate shooting on Lincoln Street

By Luanne Williams, for the SNAP
CNHI News Service

Friday, November 8, 2013 —

Police are continuing to piece together all the details of a Friday shooting incident on Lincoln Street that led to a pair of home break-ins and also involved illegal drugs.

According to Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton, a Lincoln Street resident told police two men pulled up in a car in front of his home and asked directions to Charlotte.

As he was telling them, one pulled a gun and began shooting. The victim told police his father arrived in a truck about the same time and pulled his own gun, which the victim took and began firing at the car as it headed south on Lincoln Street and turned right onto Glendale.

“All we know for sure is there was an exchange of gunfire between the victim, the victim’s father and the people in the car,” Halliburton said from the scene in East Albemarle around 1 p.m.

Apparently, the shots eventually brought the car to a stop after which the men inside jumped and ran, each breaking into nearby homes, where one was able to phone a taxi and get a ride to Salisbury. The other was apprehended when he came out of the home and was being questioned at press time.

“He is being held currently for breaking and entering, and we’ll have more charges later,” Halliburton said.

He did not release the names of anyone involved or the addresses of the homes that were broken into, as the investigation was still underway, and details remained sketchy.

The chief said the Lincoln Street resident suffered a laceration to his head during the altercation with the men in the car, but that no one was shot or seriously injured. Police found what the chief called a “fairly large amount” of cocaine in a plastic bag on the ground outside of the passenger side of the car.

“We don’t know everything yet, but the involvement of some kind of drug deal is certainly a possibility with the presence of drugs outside of the vehicle,” Halliburton said.

He said the Salisbury Police have been notified to be on the lookout for the second suspect, who was described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with medium build and a dark complexion. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt and possibly blue jeans or sweatpants.

Luanne Williams is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.