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Police seek leads in fatal shooting

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This home on the 1100 block of Niblick Drive was the scene of an altercation that led to a homicide on Monday night, Rocky Mount police say.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rocky Mount police are investigating a shooting death that occurred Monday night on Niblick Drive.

Jahmel Montey Dales, 22, died at Nash UNC Health Care from gunshot wounds he received about 6 p.m. Monday night. Dales is the 14th homicide victim of the year in Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount police would not specify the nature of the wounds or where the shooting took place. However, they did identify a home on the 1100 block of Niblick Drive as the site of an “altercation” that triggered the assault. Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis told the Telegram that investigators are looking into the nature of the altercation.

Police responded to a shots fired call on Niblick Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Monday but were unable to find a victim at the scene, Lewis said. Shortly thereafter, police received word from Nash UNC Health Care that a man with gunshot wounds had been brought to the hospital by an acquaintance and died from his wounds.

Police have responded to numerous shots fired calls in recent months on Niblick Drive but are saying that they do not know if the homicide is in any way connected with those incidents.

“As we do with any homicide, we are looking at any recent patterns of criminal behavior in the area but don’t know if there is any connection at this time,” Lewis said.

Local residents say the problem has intensified recently.

“Police have been out here three times on this block in the last three weeks,” said a local resident who witnessed the scene on Monday but who did not wish to be identified. “It sure seems as if someone wanted somebody dead.”

The witness said she saw the female resident of the home where the incident occurred pull into the driveway Monday and then heard repeated gunshots and saw the “explosion” of the gunfire.

“The woman started screaming and then jumped in the car and drove away,” the witness said.

The witness said she did not see the victim or any other passengers in the car because it was dark but had the impression that both car doors were open when the shooting occurred.

“The woman was screaming so much I though she had been shot,” the witness said. “I kept waiting for her to fall down.”

The witness said she had been told that the victim was not a resident of the house where the shooting occurred. According to public records, Dales’s most recent recorded address was on the 1100 block of Opossum Trot Drive, which is in the same neighborhood as the crime scene.

The witness said the home where the incident occurred has a reputation of being the scene of past suspicious behavior and that several break-ins had recently occurred in the neighborhood.

“This used to be a really nice neighborhood,” the witness said.

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