2 in custody for shooting involving wrecker, Gaston County police say

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Investigators in Gaston County announced the arrests of two men after someone was shot in the leg while trying to stop a tow truck operator from taking his car.

Officers were called to Hickory Grove Road, just north of McAdenville, for the shooting at about 6 p.m. on Jan. 16.

When they arrived, officers found the man who had been shot. He was not seriously hurt but was taken to the hospital and released later, police said.

Witnesses said the shooting stemmed from a fight over a vehicle, Gaston County investigators said.

Police said shortly afterward, officers found a wrecker that fit the descriptions the witnesses had given. Investigators said two people believed to be involved in the incident were inside the truck.

Gaston County police said on Monday, they arrested both men involved in the shooting. Johnny Louis Reeves Jr., 52, of Charlotte, was charged with felony larceny. Michael Conner, 49, of Belmont, was charged with felony larceny, possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He also had a warrant for misdemeanor failure to appear.

Both men are being held in the Gaston County jail. Conner was given a $101,000 bond and Reeves was given a $100,000 bond.

Gaston County police said the investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with information to call Det. S. Brogden at 704-866-3320, or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.

Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for details about the case.

No further information was made available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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