LAURINBURG — Three men, two of whom were brothers, were arrested Wednesday by Laurinburg police in connection to several shots being fired on Produce Market Road.
James Hale Jr., 30, and Martin Carter, 21, brothers who shared the address of 517 Produce Market Road, were apprehended near their home around 10:30 p.m. and placed in the Scotland County jail. Hale was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and held under a $3,500 unsecured bond. Carter was charged with two counts of probation violation and possession of a handgun with serial numbers removed. He is being held without bond.
Damien Fields, 18, of 602 Memory Lane, was charged with possession of a handgun with serial numbers removed and was held under a $10,000 secured bond.
No one was injured in the incident.
“The citizens of Produce Market Road have expressed their concerns to me about recent shootings and we’re stepping up our patrol over in that area,” said Police Chief Darwin Williams.
Williams said that officers responded to Hale’s and Carter’s home after callers reported people were standing in the yard brandishing weapons, and “upon arrival to the scene, officers gave chase and apprehended two subjects.”
Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said police officers chased the men for about 30 yards before they were caught and put in handcuffs.
“Two weapons were found on the path that the suspects ran,” Williams added. “One of the weapons had the serial numbers scratched off of it.”
He said that officers also found a .32-caliber handgun in a holster between the steps and the door of Hale and Carter’s home. The police took it into custody along with the other two weapons that were found.
Williams said that the police department had “received numerous calls for shots fired” in the proximity of Produce Market Road that night.
“If you’re caught with a handgun — if you’re caught out in the area with those who were shooting — we’re going to make arrests and we’re going to deal with you. We’re going to put forth all of our efforts to put some more officers in that area. We just need to assure the folks that stay over there on Produce Market Road and throughout Laurinburg that we’re trying to get these guns off the streets and out of the hands of our youth.”
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