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Suspect sought in Dobbins Heights shooting

Sherman Bass Jr. is suspected in the Sept. 8 shooting in Dobbins Heights. Photo courtesy Richmond County Crime Stoppers

ROCKINGHAM — Investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office are seeking a suspect in a shooting last week that resulted in one victim and a school lockdown.

Sherman Cornelius Bass Jr., 26, is suspected of pulling the trigger in the area of Earl Franklin Drive in Dobbins Heights that sent another man to a hospital on Sept. 8, the sheriff’s office confirms.

Nearby Monroe Avenue Elementary went into shelter-in-place mode for about 20 minutes.

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

According to the post, Bass could be driving the car seen in the photo and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454 or call 911 to be transferred to an investigator. Information can also be passed along using the P3 Tips mobile app.

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


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.

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