Southern Pines Police identify shooting suspect

Southern Pines Police have identified a suspect in a shooting investigation, according to a Friday press release.

On Thursday, May 20, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers from the Southern Pines Police Department responded to the 900 block of W. Iowa Ave. following the report of a person being shot. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from gunshot wounds that appeared to be life-threatening injuries. The victim was airlifted to a regional trauma center for further treatment and is currently in stable condition.

The Southern Pines Police Department is seeking the assistance of the community in locating the alleged offender in this case. Nelson Ismail, 22 years old, 5’9” in height, weighs 155 pounds who is known to frequent Moore and Richmond County. “Ismail is a documented gang member who is known to illegally possess a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous,” said the police department.

Investigators with the Southern Pines Police Department have obtained an arrest warrant on Ismail for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Additional felony charges will follow.

This investigation remains active and ongoing. Information can be provided by calling the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-692-7031 or by calling the Southern Pines Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 910-693-4110. All information is welcome and can be left anonymously.

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