Police are asking for the public’s help solving a case of a man who was shot in the head and another case in which a man was shot in one of his hands.

The man who was shot in the head, Bobby Richardson, 54, was found wounded after ShotSpotter at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 alerted officers that 18 rounds had been fired near the intersection of Arlington and Hendricks streets, a City of Rocky Mount spokesman said.

The intersection of Arlington and Hendricks is at the edge of the Around the Y area of the city.

ShotSpotter is a system of sensors designed to detect, locate and alert police of gunfire in real time.

Police also are trying to find out who was responsible for the shooting of a man on Jan. 1.

Officers at 9:10 p.m. that day went to Nash UNC Health Care in response to Malcolm Smith, 20, having ended up in the hospital with a gunshot wound to one of his hands, the city spokesman said.

Smith told the officers he had been walking home on Edwards Street at the intersection of Aycock Street in the Cedar Brook area, the spokesman said.


Smith saw a dark, late-model Nissan Altima with dark tinted windows and whose driver was coming toward him when four shots were fired from the car, the spokesman said.

Smith ran to his residence and a family member took him to the hospital, the spokesman said.

Nash UNC Health Care spokeswoman Dorsey Tobias said the hospital does not have Richardson or Smith listed as in the hospital’s system.

Vidant Health spokesman Brian Wudkwych also said neither Richardson’s nor Smith’s names appear on the patient list at Vidant’s hospital in Greenville.

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

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