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Mount Gilead man charged with attempted murder in Richmond County

HAMLET — Investigators have charged a man with attempted murder in relation to a shooting Sunday evening.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to home on Peachland Drive, north of Hamlet, on Aug. 20 in reference to a call about someone being shot.

When deputies got to the home, there was no one there, according to a press release issued Monday night.

However, while deputies were still on the scene, the Richmond County 911 Center reportedly received a call that someone with a gunshot wound had been taken to emergency room at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond in Rockingham.

Deputies reportedly confirmed it was the same gunshot victim they were looking for.

The victim was not named in the press release.

Investigators identified 41-year-old Derrick Jerome Crump, of Mount Gilead, as the primary suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

Crump was reportedly taken into custody at an apartment complex in Asheboro on Monday and was brought back to Richmond County where he was charged with attempted first-degree murder and jailed on a $275,000 secured bond.

Jail records show Crump is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 31.

Records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction show Crump was convicted in Richmond County of felony breaking and entering in 1999. His probation was revoked the following year and he was incarcerated for about a year.


Crump was convicted of driving while impaired in Anson County in 2001 and Montgomery County in 2002.

In 2021, Crump was convicted of DWI and reckless driving in Montgomery County.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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