Salisbury Police make an arrest in 11th Street shooting

Published 12:12 pm Friday, December 29, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police officials say they are still working to determine a motive in a Thursday afternoon incident in which a teen was shot in the back. Police have charged another teen with assault in the shooting.

Police charged Elijah Tamaun Black, 19, of the 100 block of Clancy Street, Apt. A2, with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Police confirmed Black and the victim, 19-year-old Quandaus Gaither, were familiar with each other.

Gaither was in the front yard of a house he was visiting at 115 11th St. Thursday when he was shot once. Police would not say where on his body he was shot, but the injury was not considered life-threatening.

Gaither was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Police Det. Travis Shulenburger said the shooting is not connected to any prior shootings or homicides that occurred this year.

“There is nothing pointing to this as being motivated by gang activity,” the detective said.

He said investigators have more interviews to conduct but don’t necessarily expect other arrests.

A detective collected a gun case at the scene, but Shulenburger could not say who owned the gun case. The gun that was used in this shooting has not been recovered.

Black was arrested Thursday around 9 p.m. at a home at 815 W. Fisher St.