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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.


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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