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A Roanoke Rapids man was arrested and charged today in a shooting which occurred late last month at a cookout in the 200 block of Monroe Street.


Derek Garris, 28, will face charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, Captain Jamie Hardy said in a statement.

Hardy said this morning it wasn’t clear what prompted the shooting and investigators found no evidence that Garris and the victim, who has since been released from a Durham hospital, were friends or acquaintances.

Hardy said Garris was named as the alleged suspect in the case through investigation by Detective Derrick Moore.

In the statement, Hardy said Garris was jailed on $100,000 bond. He has a tentative July 1 court date.

The victim was shot in the face.

The police department said last month on March 29, a Sunday, officers responded to the 200 block of Monroe Street shortly before 8:15 p.m. after receiving a shots fired call.

They found a male victim sitting in a chair bleeding from his head and the wound was related to the shots fired. 

The man was able to speak at the time and was initially transported to Vidant North for treatment.

Despite speaking with witnesses, officers and detectives were unable to get any information from them, the police department said at the time.