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Kannapolis police make arrests in possible gang shootout

By Frank DeLoache
Salisbury Post
Kannapolis police are trying to sort out a possible gang shootout last week involving a number of people and several weapons.
Police have arrested two people ó Gary Spencer, 24, of 850 Anchor Way, and Durand Stanback, 23, of 1530 Kingston Drive ó and obtained a warrant for a third person ó Demarcus Eugene Smith.
“We’re still trying to determine if it was gang related,” Lt. Ken Jackson said this week. “There were lots of shots fired and more than one weapon involved.”
One person was shot in the hip area and taken to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast for treatment. Jackson said he thought that person has been released from the hospital.
Jackson said he did not want to identify the person while detectives are still trying to sort out what happened.
The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday at Cabarrus Arms Apartments on Richard Avenue.
“Most of the shooting took place outside in the apartment complex,” Jackson said, though he couldn’t say if those involved were shooting at each other from cars.
Based on the accounts of several witnesses not involved in the shooting, detectives arrested Spencer Saturday at his home, Jackson said.
He’s charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of of a firearm by a felon and discharge of a weapon into an occupied dwelling.
He remains in the Cabarrus County Jail under $500,000 bond.
Earlier in the week, investigators asked the public’s help in finding Smith and Stanback. They released the following information about the two men:
Born June 8, 1984, Stanback is 23, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.
Police had warrants charging him with shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon.
About 5:40 Monday afternoon, detectives arrested Stanback. He was placed in the Cabarrus jail under $200,000 bond.
Smith, who also uses the alias Mark Smith, remains at large. He was last known to live at 5643 Marion Ave., Kannapolis.
Born April 11, 1988, he celebrated his 20th birthday the day after the shooting.
He’s 6 feet tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.
Police have a warrant charging Smith with shooting into an occupied dwelling.
The department may add additional charges against the men and charge others as the investigation continues.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Jamie Beach at 704-920-4038 or Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME (932-7463).
Contact Frank DeLoache at 704-797-4245 or fdeloache@salisburypost.com.

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