Man turns himself in after overnight shooting in Robeson County

Man turns himself in after overnight shooting in Robeson County
Leach is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - Robeson County deputies say a man responsible for an overnight shooting in Rowland has turned himself in.

Purcell Leach, 56, of Rowland reportedly turned himself in Saturday morning after an arguement turned violent Friday night in the 400 block of Piedmont Dr. Deputies say once they arrived to the scene they found Carmen Way, 34, of Rowland shot.

Way was transported to an undisclosed hospital and is listed in critical condition.

According to deputies after the shooting happened Friday, Leach held 70-year-old James Gowans at gun point and forced him to drive Purcell away from the scene. Gowans told authorities that $45 was taken from him while he was being held at gunpoint.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations and Patrol Divisions sought Leach throughout the night. On January 12, 2019 around 9:00 am Leach surrendered and was placed into the custody of the Robeson County Detention Center with a $150,000 secured bond.

Leach is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Leach has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 1984. Leach has served prison time in North Carolina for assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer, assault on a female, forgery, uttering forged papers, receiving stolen goods, assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and sex offender on child premises.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Investigator Michael Ellis at (910) 671-3170.

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