Man shot in East Spencer, dies at hospital after driving himself; child also injured

Published 7:26 pm Thursday, May 21, 2015

By Shavonne Walker

EAST SPENCER — No motive has been confirmed in the Thursday morning shooting and subsequent death of an East Spencer man, which authorities say began outside a South Long Street apartment building.

Kejuan Dishad Lamont Sweat, 22, of the 800 block of South Long Street, was shot at the apartment building where he lived, along with a 4-year-old child, sometime after midnight. There was also a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old in the vehicle, both of whom were not injured. He drove to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center to get help, officials said.

A blue sport utility vehicle parked in front of the apartment building had several bullet holes in the rear, right quarter panel. The Honda that Sweat was sitting inside was between the SUV and a black BMW. Investigators later asked the owner of the BMW to move the vehicle back to where it would have been during the shooting.

Crime scene tape was wrapped around the front and sides of the small apartment building, which is located not far from Boral Brick. Investigators spoke to the owner of the SUV.

Salisbury Police investigators found Sweat in the Honda at the corner of Annandale Avenue and West Henderson Street, across from Hurley Park and Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Investigators found the wrecked car riddled with bullet holes in the left passenger side door.

The 4-year-old child was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with injuries that investigators say was not fatal. Sweat was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center where he later died.

SBI Special Agent in Charge Tony Underwood said it is not clear, but it’s believed Sweat was the father of the children. Sweat and the children have the same last name, Underwood said.

He said investigators still have to interview the children’s mother.

No arrests were made in the investigation, but Underwood said investigators have “quite a few leads.”

When asked if the shooting involved possible drug activity, the investigator said there are a lot of rumors and speculation about the incident.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating with assistance from Salisbury police and the East Spencer Police Department.

This is the second murder this week. On Monday, 18-year-old Steven Omari Rosario was shot and killed in Salisbury at a South Fulton Street apartment building. No arrest has been made in that incident.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.