• 'Backpage' meetup leads to shooting, arrests in Rowan County


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Rowan County deputies arrested two people and issued a warrant on another person in connection with a prostitution case and shooting.

    Robert Chad Christie, 42, who also goes by “Kelly,” suffered a gunshot wound to his leg on Jan. 12.

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    Michael Smith found Christie through an advertisement on “Backpage” and made arrangements to meet up for a sexual encounter on Farm House Road in Salisbury, deputies said.

    Smith drove from Charlotte to the home where he met with Christie and completed a prearranged sexual act.

    After the meeting, a disagreement occurred, and Smith pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at Christie, striking him in the leg, deputies said.

    After an investigation, warrants were obtained for Smith for felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, solicitation of prostitution and felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    Deputies said they plan on arresting Smith this week

    Christie was arrested and charged with prostitution.

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    Heather Fitzgerald, 28, was arrested and charged for providing Christie the home on Farm House Road.

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