KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - A man is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred in Kannapolis late Thursday night.
According to the Kannapolis Police Department, the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. on West 8th Street. Officers say a man had been shot in the driveway of an abandoned home. The victim is expected to be OK.
That victim, Andrew Micah Sifford, 31, was also wanted by deputies in Rowan County on an armed robbery charge.
Witnesses described hearing a verbal altercation before the shooting happened.
Police described the shooter as a slender built man who was wearing an orange shirt and long jean shorts.
There was another incident prior to the shooting that involved Sifford, investigators with the Rowan Sheriff's Office say.
According to the report, on Wednesday, the victim told deputies that he and two women had arranged to buy an item for the daughter of one of the women from a website.
The three met that man in the parking lot of Auto Zone in Rockwell, and the man told them to follow him to another location.
The three followed that man, who was driving a red SUV, to Zion Church Road, then turned on George Brown Road.
The victim said that the man they were following suddenly slammed on brakes and got out with a gun, demanding the victim's wallet and phone.
At that time a black Volkswagen Jetta drove up. At least two other people were inside the VW.
The victim said that the man with the gun then told him he "better get walking or he would end up in a cornfield." The victim then walked away from the area and was later met by deputies.
The victim told deputies that he had been robbed at gunpoint and that he feared for the safety of the two women that were left behind.
Deputies then searched the area where the victim said the robbery had occurred. They found the black VW at a location on Gin Road in Gold Hill. The two women who had been with the victim were standing at the end of the driveway, according to the report.
On Thursday, deputies returned to the Gin Road address and found a handgun in the yard. They say it was the weapon used in the crime.
The victim identified two men, Matthew Kelly Martin, 29, and Matthew Dean Oxendine, 29, as the men who robbed him. Both were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Bond for Martin was set at $50,000, Oxendine is being held without bond.
After more interviews, deputies got arrest warrants for Sifford and Gregory Houston.
A third person, Samuel Yost, was also charged with armed robbery.
If you have any information, you can call an investigator at 704-920-4001. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME.