Police investigation continues in weekend Lloyd, Old West Innes Street drive-by

Published 12:31 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

Salisbury Police are looking for someone who shot into a vehicle this weekend at Lloyd and Old West Innes streets, near the Grand Prix gas station.

Police received multiple 911 calls from people near Woodson and Grove streets who said they heard about 10 gunshots somewhere near Sam’s Car Wash.

The victim, Nathan James Rose, 27, told officers he drove to the parking deck of Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center because he believed it was a safe place to call police, said Police Capt. Melonie Thompson.

Rose said he was at the Grand Prix convenience store sometime around 9:45 p.m. when a guy he knew bumped into him as he was leaving the store. Rose said the man said something to him, but Rose jumped into his vehicle and left.

He told the officer he turned onto Institute Street and drove down West Bank Street and then onto Lloyd Street and then Old West Innes Street. Rose said he saw headlights from a car coming at him and then someone from the vehicle fired about 10 shots.

The officer asked why he drove onto Institute Street and circled around to West Bank Street to get to Old West Innes Street instead of turning right out of the gas station. Rose said he didn’t know why he drove the long way.

Rose said he pressed on the gas and left the area quickly. He drove to the parking deck and called for help. He gave a description of the vehicle.

Police say they stopped a vehicle near West Bank Street and found the vehicle occupied with three people inside. As the officer approached he could see a passenger wielding what looked like an AR-15 rifle. The officer ordered the occupants to show their hands. The officer informed the occupants they were investigating shots fired in the area.

The officer called for assistance and two other officers joined him. Each person was removed from the vehicle one by one. The officer checked the weapon, a Mossberg 22-caliber with an AR stock, determined it was not stolen and secured the weapon inside the driver’s trunk.

The gun had not been fired, police said, and there was no odor or evidence of gunshot residue in the vehicle.

No arrest has been made.

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