Deputies: Hamlet shooting suspect turned himself in

By William R. Toler - [email protected]


ROCKINGHAM — A man wanted in connection with a Hamlet shooting was still behind bars as of late Wednesday.

Glen Joseph McCray, 28, of Spring Street in Hamlet, was arrested Tuesday by deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said deputies and investigators had been “working, trying to find him,” since last Thursday’s shooting incident and that McCray called the sheriff’s office and said he was going to turn himself in.

Hamlet police say 28-year-old Glen Joseph McCray shot another man outside the Hamlet Foodmart just after midnight June 2.

Lt. Randy Dover with the Hamlet Police Department said the victim — whose name still has not yet been released — was shot with a handgun multiple times in the body and remains in the hospital.

McCray is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

McCray was released from prison in February following a September 2014 conviction on two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. His parole is scheduled to end Feb. 5, 2017.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond.

The shooting McCray is accused of was the second at the Hamlet Food Mart within several weeks.

In the first incident, 21-year-old Diquon Cox was shot twice — once in the leg and once in the arm — around 9 p.m. on May 9, according to police. He was treated at a Charlotte hospital and released later that week.

Police identified the suspect in that shooting as 21-year-old Brian Devonte Dowdy, also known as “Billy Juice.”

Dowdy — who previously spent a year in prison on two felony counts of extortion — is wanted on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested in Laurinburg after police there say he fired a gun at a hotel.

Online court records show Dowdy is facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, as well as misdemeanor charges of larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Richmond County.

Police are still investigating a shooting at a Spring Street Home from late Saturday night. The victim, who also has not been named, was shot three times and sent to a hospital, where he underwent surgery on Monday.

Dover said he believes the recent surge in violent crime to be gang related, adding that gang graffiti was found on a vehicle at the scene of the latest incident. As of Monday, there were no suspects in that case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hamlet Police Department at 910-582-2551 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.


By William R. Toler

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