WADESBORO, N.C. — Wadesboro Police believe the city's first two homicides in 2013 are gang related.
Investigators say Marcus Allen, 24, and Jerry Rorie, 25, were shot and killed Monday night near a home on Salisbury street. Witnesses say Allen's body was found inside. Rorie managed to run to a convenience store for help, but collapsed at the door and died.
"Had I gone down the street five minutes earlier, I could have been caught in the crossfire," said Michael Ellerby, who works at Quality Florists just yards away.
Ellerby said he heard multiple gun shots as he was closing up shop that night. He said he knew Allen's family well.
"He lost his mother at a young age, so he's been through some trials and tribulations but all together he was a good kid," said Ellerby.
Wadesboro police chief Thedis Spencer said this part of town is sadly no stranger to drug and gang activity but he is doing everything he can to keep innocent neighbors and businesses safe.
"We do have incidences in this area and we need the community to get involved with the police department. Anything they can do, it can help us out and help them too,” said Chief Spencer.
"Everyone wants to go to work, close their doors, and then criticize what's going on here. Unless you make an effort to seek what the problem is and help, it's always going to be here,” said Ellerby.
As of Monday evening, detectives have not made any arrests but say they are in the process of interviewing several persons of interest. This is the third homicide investigation in this part of Wadesboro in three years.