Three recent gang-related incidents in Edgecombe County are part of a growing nuisance that law enforcement is combating. One incident involved a 15-year-old Rocky Mount teenager being gunned down by an alleged gang member. Another shooting involved an apartment complex being riddled with bullets in Princeville, while the third incident was a home invasion where a victim was allegedly pistol whipped in Tarboro.
"We are doing everything possible to combat the gang situation throughout the county," Sheriff James Knight said. "We are doing what we can to make citizens aware of the gangs in the area."
According to the National Gang Threat Assessment report, gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crimes in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in others.
Edgecombe County law enforcement is trying to get a handle on the problem.
Two of the most recent gang members arrested were David Lamont Sherrod, 26, of 2900 Roberson School Road, and Isaac George Bellamy, 25, of 306 E. Granville St., both of Tarboro. They were charged with pattern gang activity, which stemmed from a follow-up investigation where they allegedly pistol whipped a victim Jan. 25.
According to law enforcement, Sherrod and Bellamy have been previously validated as gang members.
Police said the duo promoted gang-related activity on social media websites and admitted their involvement in a gang. There was also memorabilia found in one of the suspect's homes. The name of the gang wasn't released.
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