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Rocky Mount police are investigating the third homicide by gunfire this week after a 53-year-old man was found shot late Friday.

Police responded about 10:05 p.m. Friday to a call about a shooting with injury on the 600 block of Park Avenue, according to a press release sent out Saturday morning.

When officers arrived, they found the man who had sustained a gunshot wound and was unresponsive. First responders and paramedics rendered aid at the scene but the victim, who has not yet been identified, succumbed to his gunshot wounds at the scene.

The Rocky Mount Police Department is actively investigating this homicide and is asking that anyone with information about the incident contact investigators.

This incident follows another death by gunfire that occurred earlier this week.

About 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Rocky Mount police responded to reports of an unresponsive man lying in a driveway on the 100 block of Raper Drive. When officers arrived at the scene, they found 20-year-old Quan'Najee Gorham of Rocky Mount dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Rocky Mount Police Criminal Investigation Division is actively investigating this case and is seeking information from the public about this homicide as well.

Two arrests have been made in connection with a homicide that took place three days earlier.


About 8:30 p.m. June 5, Rocky Mount police responded to reports of a shooting with injury on the 1800 block of Windsor Drive.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found that 19-year-old Frank White IV had been shot. White was transported to UNC Nash Health Care, where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

A further investigation revealed that an unidentified 17-year-old male also had been shot in that same incident on Windsor Drive. He made his way to the EP Mart at 1211 E. Raleigh Blvd., where police found him with a gunshot wound to the face. He was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where his condition improved and he has since been discharged.

On Thursday, Rocky Mount police made two arrests related to this incident. Khalil Pierce-Sanders, 18, and Rakeem Cotton, 24, were arrested in connection with the incident and charged with two counts of breaking and entering into a vehicle and larceny of a firearm related to a separate incident.

This homicide investigation is still being investigated by the Rocky Mount Police Criminal Investigation Division.

Anyone with any information about these homicides is asked to phone the police at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.

Tips also can be texted to the police via Text-A-Tip at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL and typing up to 155 characters about the information.