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A 35-year-old Roanoke Rapids man was charged with murder and other counts associated with a shooting death on Burton Street this morning.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin confirmed this afternoon that the man charged, Jimmy E. Jones III, was also the person who was injured in the shooting which claimed the life of 40-year-old Edward Leon High.


Martin said rounds were exchanged between the two. He declined to say who fired first but did confirm there is a history between the two, which came to a head this morning around 10:30 in the 1000 block of Burton Street.

Jones was taken into custody between 4:15 and 4:30 this afternoon after receiving treatment for the wounds he sustained.

He was jailed without opportunity for bond and along with the murder count, faces the following charges: Going armed to the terror of the people, two counts of a discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a weapon in the city limits.

An August 18 court date has been requested.

Earlier today Martin said High sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones sustained a gunshot wound to his lower body.

Martin said the shooting is not related to any of the shootings which have occurred in the downtown mill village area.

Police continue to investigate and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.