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An armed robbery investigation is underway and Roanoke Rapids police are also investigating shootings which occurred Monday night and this morning.

Armed robbery

Chief Chuck Hasty said the New Dixie Shell on Roanoke Avenue across from the Canal Museum was robbed within the last hour of this posting.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Hasty said investigators continue to work on leads in the case.

Monday shooting

Eric Short Jr

At approximately 9:30 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Monroe Street about a person who was shot.  

They found the victim in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the lower torso.

The victim was transported to the hospital by EMS and then taken a trauma center for further treatment.

During the investigation Master Officer Daniel Hundley obtained warrants on Eric Alex Short Jr., 21, of Roanoke Rapids, for assault with a deadly with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Short should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his location is encouraged to call the police department at 252-533-2810 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

Morning shooting

At approximately 8 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Wilkins Street about a gunshot wound.  

Halifax County EMS was originally dispatched to the residence for a complaint of leg pain.

EMS discovered a gunshot wound and notified police.   

The victim was transported to the Halifax Regional Medical Center ER for treatment and was later released.

Investigator M. Worrell arrested and charged Dwayne Antonio Boone,38, of Garysburg for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Boone was jailed without opportunity for bond and has a December 5 court date.

Lieutenant P. Parks, Sergeant T. Tyler, Master Officer A. Salmon, investigators J.K. Davis, O. Wiltise and Officer J. Shelburne assisted.

Hasty said investigators are still trying to determine motive in the shooting cases.