Salisbury police investigating shooting death of 71-year-old man

71-year-old man found shot at home in Salisbury

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Police in Salisbury are investigating after a 71-year-old man was fatally shot over the weekend.

The shooting happened before 11:30 p.m. Saturday on W. Kerr Street near Jersey City Park. Police say 71-year-old Emerson Truitt Roebuck was found at his home with gunshot wounds.

Roebuck was discovered by his roommate, who heard the gunshots and found him in the living room.

Roebuck was taken to Novant Health Rowan but was pronounced deceased a short time later.

No possible suspect information or motive for the crime has been released, but police did confirm that there was a home invasion earlier this month at Roebuck’s home. In that incident, three men entered his home while he was watching television. The men held him at gunpoint and demanded money. The men took the money and left.

There’s no indication at this point whether the home invasion and Roebuck’s death are related, according to Lt. Greg Beam.

Anyone with further information about the case is urged to call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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