by: Elsa Gillis Updated:
SALISBURY, N.C. - Salisbury police arrested a man Monday in connection with Saturday’s shooting death of Jeffrey Ramsey Jr.
Malik Eric Johnson, 21, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
(Malik Eric Johnson)
Ramsey, 24, arrived at Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury with a gunshot wound in his chest Saturday evening and died not long after, police said.
Ramsey was shot after an argument around 7:40 p.m. in a parking lot at 1126 N. Main Street, Salisbury police said.
Salisbury resident Leslie Talbott said if the deadly violence in Salisbury is going to stop, the entire community has to unite.
"I wish we could do more. I, some days, feel really helpless,” Talbott said. "If we don't stand together, we're all going to fall apart."
Talbott’s home sits yards away from where Ramsey was shot.
"They don't understand, you can solve your argument just by talking about it," neighbor Pedro Perez said. "It's so easy to get a gun. It's no problem now to just pull out and shoot."
Perez and Talbott said their neighborhood is no stranger to violence. Ramsey's death is the fourth homicide in the city in two weeks.
A community meeting has been planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center to address Salisbury's growing violence.
Talbott said she plans to become more involved in the community and wants to learn what she can do to make it a safer place.
"I know that we can do more," Talbott said.
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