Rocky Mount shooting victim dies, suspect now faces murder charges

ROCKY MOUNT, NC (WNCN) — A young man who was shot dead in Rocky Mount last weekend has died and charges have been increased against the suspect in his shooting, police said.

The incident was reported via ShotSpotter on the 1200 block of Branch Street around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release from Rocky Mount Police.

When police arrived, they found 21-year-old Austin Townsend suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, the press release said.

Townsend was taken to UNC Health Care for treatment but died Friday, police said.

Police arrested Shaki Jones, 32, earlier Tuesday after a camera system identified a suspect’s vehicle in the shooting, a press release said.

Jones is now charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He is being held without bond in the Edgecombe County Jail.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/rocky-mount-shooting-victim-dies-suspect-now-faces-murder-charge/ Rocky Mount shooting victim dies, suspect now faces murder charges

Dais Johnston

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