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Thursday, 14 October 2021 10:19

Suspect arrested in Dobbins Heights deadly shooting

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ROCKINGHAM — A man wanted in connection to a deadly shooting in Dobbins Heights has been apprehended.

Sheriff Mark Gulledge on Thursday announced the arrest of 30-year-old Erik Lewis Short, of Loch Haven Road, Rockingham.

According to a press release, Short was arrested around 12:48 a.m. Thursday after surrendering to investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Short is charged with an open count of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He is being held in the Richmond County Jail without bond.

Short is accused of shooting 29-year-old Jewarren Shamont Rush and 31-year-old Brynton Tyquan Jamil Jones around 3 a.m. Oct. 2 following a verbal altercation on Earle Franklin Drive.

Both Rush and Jones were taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond for treatment, investigators say. Jones was treated and released, but Rush died from his injuries.

Online court records show Short has a pending charge of resisting a public officer, as well as a court appearance for driving with a revoked license and exceeding the posted speed limit.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Short was first convicted in 2011 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Short was also convicted on a misdemeanor count of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance in 2016, and driving while impaired in both 2018 and 2019.

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


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