LAURINBURG — Two Laurinburg men were injured in separate shootings this week, bringing to five the number of shootings that have occurred within the city limits this month.
Robert Monroe, 26, of Silver Hill Road, was shot twice in his right arm while riding in a car on Caledonia Road on Tuesday evening, according to a police report. He was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital and released the same night.
Deontaye Jackson, 24, of Southwood Drive, was treated and released from Scotland Memorial Hospital early Wednesday morning after two men shot at him while he was walking on McGirt’s Bridge Road, according to a report.
Monroe was a passenger in a vehicle traveling north on Caledonia Road at about 7:40 p.m., according to the report, when a man approached the vehicle as it slowed to cross the railroad tracks just south of Old Lumberton Road. The man, for which no description or name was available, asked Monroe for a cigarette, and as Monroe reached for one the man shot him twice with a revolver.
Police searched Monroe’s clothing while he was at the hospital and found a container of prescription medication. Warrants have been obtained for Monroe for being in possession of a controlled substance.
The investigation is ongoing.
Jackson reported that he was walking on McGirt’s Bridge Road at about 5 a.m. when two men began to approach and fire a gun at him. Jackson was shot in the right hand as he fled. He suffered three broken bones and was discharged from Scotland Memorial Hospital with the recommendation to see a specialist.
Jackson was unable to give a precise location of where the shooting occurred, saying it was in the area of McGirt’s Bridge Road, Marcelus and Washington streets.
Three other unrelated shootings have been reported so far this month, none of which resulted in any injuries.
On May 7 a woman reported that someone shot into her home on Corona Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. while she and her grandchildren were asleep inside. Around 11:20 a.m. that same day, it was reported that a shooter caused damage to the property of residents on Produce Market Road. A Laurinburg woman who was a victim of that shooting stated that the shooter was driving a moped and fired at her home while she and three others were inside. Later that night, around 10:30 p.m., three Laurinburg men, two of whom were brothers, were arrested at her home after several locals reported that shots were fired on Produce Market Road.
The next day, May 8, five people — including a 2-year-old — were shot at while driving along Sunset Drive.
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