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Suspect apprehended in Dobbins Heights shooting

ROCKINGHAM — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers recently apprehended a man wanted for a shooting earlier this month.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday morning that 26-year-old Sherman Cornelius Bass, of Rockingham, was arrested Monday, Sept. 26 and charged with shooting and injuring a man off of Earle Franklin Drive in Dobbins Heights.

The RCSO was assisted by agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to a press release.

Bass was allegedly standing in a yard when he pulled the trigger around 11:20 a.m. Sept. 8, sending the unnamed victim to a hospital. Nearby Monroe Avenue Elementary went into shelter-in-place mode for about 20 minutes.

Investigators say the victim remains hospitalized.

A Richmond County Crime Stoppers profile page on Facebook shared photos of Bass on Sept. 12.

Bass is charged with a single count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $1 million secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 20.

Online court records show Bass has a pending misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and several traffic violations.

Bass’ criminal record shows only misdemeanor convictions, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

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Records show Bass was first convicted in 2013 of assault on an officer or state employee in Richmond County, and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in Moore County.

In 2016, Bass was convicted of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and resisting an officer.

He received a suspended sentence in each case.

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

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