North Carolina Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Man Following Dispute, Police Say

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Source: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

May 24 2022, Published 11:15 a.m. ET

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A North Carolina murder suspect is behind bars after he got into a fight with a man and then later traveled to his house and allegedly shot him to death, authorities said.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on May 20, deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home in Salisbury in connection to a report of gunshots, WBTV reported.

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At the residence, deputies discovered Ronnie Dale Hoots, 61, dead from two gunshot wounds.

Authorities identified Erick Brown, 60, as a suspect in the deadly shooting and believe the incident occurred after the two men got into a dispute earlier in the evening, the sheriff’s office said.

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According to deputies, Brown went to Hoots’ home, where they again got into a disagreement and Brown allegedly shot the victim.

Brown was arrested at his Granite Quarry home, and detectives recovered a 9mm pistol believed to be the murder weapon, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect was booked into the Rowan County Detention Center on a murder charge and was being held without bond.


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