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Rockingham shooting suspect caught, second sought

Rylee Morgan, left, is wanted for attempted murder and attempted robbery. Elijah Ellerbe was apprehended Wednesday.

ROCKINGHAM — One suspect in a robbery-turned-shooting is in jail and another is still at large.

Investigators with the Rockingham Police Department say 19-year-old Rylee Kelynn Morgan and 19-year-old Elijah Lamar Ellerbe were involved in a robbery May 23 on Skipper Street.

The victim was shot and the bullet grazed his back and he was treated and released, according to police.

The RPD on Wednesday published individual wanted posters for both Morgan and Ellerbe on Wednesday.

Investigators say an anonymous tip came in about Ellerbe’s location and he was arrested by deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in the Ellerbe area.

Ellerbe was booked into the Richmond County Jail at 1:33 p.m. on the following charges: attempted first-degree murder; attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon; discharging a weapon into an occupied property; felony conspiracy; discharging a firearm in city limits.


Jail records show Ellerbe is being held on a $400,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 7.

Morgan faces the same charges.

Anyone with information on Morgan’s whereabouts is encouraged to call 911 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.

Online court records show Morgan has pending charges in Scotland County of larceny of a firearm, assault by pointing a gun and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill; and traffic citations for speeding and failure to wear a seat belt in Richmond County.

Neither have any prior convictions in the state, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

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

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