Manhunt underway after man, child injured in Gaston County shooting

Police said Robert Singletary is suspected of shooting two people Tuesday night on Grier Street.
Multiple people were injured after they were shot on Grier Street on Tuesday night in Gaston County.
Published: Apr. 18, 2023 at 11:04 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2023 at 6:10 AM EDT
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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man is wanted after a shooting Tuesday night seriously injured a man and a child in Gaston County, police said.

According to the Gaston County Police Department, Robert Louis Singletary, 24, is suspected of shooting the two people on Grier Street south of the Gastonia city limits.

On Wednesday the police department provided an update and said they are still searching for Singletary and secured several warrants overnight.

Singletary faces multiple charges including four counts of first degree attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

One adult remains in the hospital and a juvenile and another adult were treated for injuries and released.

Last night police conducted large-scale search for the suspect and the Regional Fugitive Taskforce from US Marshal’s Office is helping. Police said Singletary is a dangerous individual with a history with the law enforcement.

Both were taken to a Charlotte hospital for treatment. Police said one of the victims was in serious condition and the other was in stable condition.

According to Gaston County Police, a woman was also grazed by a bullet during the shooting and another man was shot at but not hurt.

Authorities have obtained warrants for Singletary charging him with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Back in December, he was arrested and charged after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend with a mini sledgehammer and preventing her from seeking aid.

Related: Police: Man assaulted girlfriend with mini sledgehammer in Gaston Co.

Singletary remains at large early Wednesday morning. He is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall with brown eyes and black hair, and weighing about 223 pounds.

Robert Louis Singletary is considered armed and dangerous.
Robert Louis Singletary is considered armed and dangerous.(Source: Gaston County Police Department)

Gaston County Police Chief Stephen Zill asked people in the area surrounding the neighborhood to stay indoors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Singletary was last seen with a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call (704) 866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 861-8000.

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