Southern Pines Police were called to a shooting at 950 Richards Street Saturday evening around 8:30. Upon arrival, the victim was found to be deceased in the woods just behind Brookside Apartments.
Southern Pines Police immediately cordoned off the area with crime scene tape and detectives arrived shortly after.
Southern Pines Police Chief Temme stated a person walking along a path that runs beside the fence behind the apartments came upon the deceased victim lying on the ground. Jalen Isiah Leach, 22, from Cameron, had suffered a gunshot wound. There was no gun recovered at the scene. The police believe the victim lives in the community.
The police are considering this a homicide investigation at this time. The name of the victim is being withheld.
The body is being taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy tomorrow, and we will have more information pending the results of the autopsy.