One dead, at least three injured in E Lafayette Street shooting

Published 3:08 pm Sunday, April 26, 2020

By Natalie Anderson

SALISBURY — One person died and at least three were injured in a shooting on the 900 block of E Lafayette Street before noon Sunday.

One injured victim was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Health. Two others injured sustained non-life-threaning injuries, including one female juvenile, and are being treated at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Sunday evening, the city of Salisbury said another gunshot victim arrived at a Statesville hospital and appeared to have been involved in the incident, too. Police were on the way to the hospital to interview the victim.

Salisbury Police initially received a call at 11:58 a.m. Sunday after a fight escalated into a shooting. Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes said nearby agencies were called to assist due to the nature of the crime and the aggressive crowd nearby, including the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Kannapolis Police, China Grove Police and East Spencer Police.

No suspects were in custody Sunday afternoon. Police were investigating and searching the area for any additional potential victims.

It is unknown at this time whether this shooting is related to a shooting in the same area on Friday at 4:25 p.m.

Police encourage anyone who has any information on the incident to contact the Salisbury Police Department at (704) 638-5333 or call Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245. Tips may be submitted online at Tipster identity is not required and information will remain confidential.

About Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson covers the city of Salisbury, politics and more for the Salisbury Post. She joined the staff in January 2020 after graduating from Louisiana State University, where she was editor of The Reveille newspaper. Email her at or call her at 704-797-4246.

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