• 54°

Two people killed in downtown shooting, two others hospitalized

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Two people were killed and two others were hospitalized after an early Saturday morning shooting in the 100 block of West Fisher Street. Police are still trying to determine if a fifth person who arrived at a Lexington hospital was involved as well.

The incident occurred at 2:13 a.m. and began with a 911 call about numerous shots being fired. Members of the Salisbury Police Department and Rowan County Sheriff’s Department arrived in the area and began a preliminary investigation, authorities said.

Police said an argument preceded the early morning shooting. The motive and circumstances surrounding the events are still being investigated. No arrest has been made at this time.

A large number of shell casings and other pieces of evidence littered the entire 100 block of West Fisher Street in the Wells Fargo parking lot where the downtown mural is located.

Salisbury Police officials said Da’Quan Robertson, 23, of Salisbury; Anthony Eugene Gill, 22, of Salisbury; Quandarius Rasheim Davis, 22, of Salisbury; and Kayla Bennette McCullers, 20, of Dallas, N.C. were shot.

Police said Gill was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center with gunshot wounds. He later died as a result of his injuries at the hospital. Robertson was found dead at the scene in front of First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of South Church and West Fisher streets.

Davis was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center with gunshot wounds. He was treated and released. Family confirmed Davis was shot in the arm.

Police say McCullers was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center with gunshot wounds and was subsequently taken to an area trauma hospital.

Sharon Matthews’ grandson, Da’Quan Robertson, was one of those killed.

Matthews’ son, Reggie Burke, was murdered a year ago Saturday. Burke, 30, was found dead at Zion Hills Apartment complex. His murder remains unsolved. Her son Rico Baker was killed April 2008. He was shot and killed in front of a home on East Cemetery Street. His murder also remains unsolved.

“It’s not right, us parents got to suffer,” Matthews said crying.

She said she just looked at her son Reggie Burke’s obituary the other day and now her grandson was killed. She received a phone call telling her of his death.

She feels as though her family is being targeted. Matthews said the shootings of her sons and grandson could be connected.

“I’m thinking, whoever killed Reggie, probably killed my grandson,” she said.

The last time Matthews spoke with her grandson was about a month ago when he was on his way to Go Burrito to get something to eat. She said he often frequented the downtown restaurant.

Matthews said if nothing is investigated by law enforcement then the killings will continue.

Downtown streets, including parts of West Fisher and South Church, remained blocked for much of the day as the investigation continued. Crime scene tape could be seen throughout the area of the shooting and officers were still on the scene.

During the same time period that the victims arrived at Novant, a fifth person went to Lexington Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. Investigators are still trying to determine if this person is connected to the Salisbury shooting.

The SBI was contacted to assist the police department with the investigation and spent much of the day on the scene with investigators.

According to Go Burrito’s Facebook page, they informed customers of the shooting, saying the employees and few lingering customers at the restaurant were kept safe as they locked the doors and barricaded themselves upstairs until the police came.

“Needless to say, people were scared and rattled. We’re thankful for the actions of people and the police that kept everyone safe after the incident,” the Facebook post said.

“Senseless violence like this is a plague to communities both small and large. Please pray for the victims, for justice, and for the police to be able to keep the community safe,” the Facebook post also said.

The restaurant stayed closed all day Saturday, but expects to open today.

Police officials said the investigation is still in the early stages of development and information is limited.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

Comments

Business

Down Goat: Local farm and creamery poised to add goat yoga, artisan goat cheese to offerings

Local

Pandemic’s impact, uncertainty of transit funding prompt request to eliminate Rowan Express service

Lifestyle

New Waterworks’ exhibit opens June 1

High School

High school football: Walsh accepts the South football challenge

Lifestyle

Price of Freedom Museum gets donated landscape project

Lifestyle

Rowan Museum will have Upscale Yard Sale Saturday

Business

Seventh dragon boat festival set for July 24; deadline for sponsorships is May 28

Nation/World

‘Shocking and horrifying’: Israel destroys AP office in Gaza

Nation/World

Pipeline operator says “normal operations” have resumed

Local

Catawba holds baccalaureate services for Class of 2021

News

$9M settlement for two men wrongfully sent to death row

Nation/World

China lands spacecraft on Mars in latest advance for its space program

Business

Gas crunch hits Washington; Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million in Bitcoin ransom

Coronavirus

State mostly returns to normal operations after 15 months of lockdowns, restrictions

Crime

Blotter: Man accused of stealing car, crashing it

Crime

Man faces new charge of attempted murder for father’s shooting

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits

Crime

Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

Quotes of the week