SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) — Stunned by the recent violence that left three people dead on Sunday morning, including a 7-year-old child who was sleeping with her grandmother, the Salisbury City Council and Rowan County Commission held a rare joint meeting and press conference to announce a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the shootings.
The amount of the reward is $20,000. It is the largest reward ever facilitated by Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander said that “enough was enough” when it comes to violence in Salisbury. Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds added that such behavior must end in Salisbury.
On Sunday morning a total of four people were shot in Rowan County, and in three cases the victims died.
Sharod Raheen Mathis, 22, of Spencer was shot during an incident at the Firewater Restaurant on Avalon Drive. No one has been charged in that case.
In Enochville, Christopher Todd Rumple, 48, was found shot to death in the street. Jahari Shaheed Rustin, 20, and Jai Wontreal Winchester, 21, were both charged with murder and jailed without bond.
The third victim was 7-year-old A’yanna Allen, shot to death as she slept with her grandmother in a home on Harril St. The grandmother was also shot but not seriously injured.
There is widespread speculation that the deaths of Allen and Mathis are related. During the Wednesday press conference Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes also indicated that investigators believe the cases are related.
Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten urged those responsible to “do what’s right,” and turn themselves in.
The violence shocked the community and resulted in nearly three dozen citizens coming to Tuesday’s Salisbury City Council meeting to ask that something be done.
Bradshaw’s Bail Bonding has already announced a reward of $2000 in the case of the death of A’yanna Allen.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245, the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333, or information may be submitted online at http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/
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