Alleged gunman captured after man shot to death sitting in car in Salisbury

SALISBURY, N.C. — Salisbury police have tracked down and captured the suspect wanted in the city's second homicide in the last week after they said a man was shot to death while he sat in a car late Monday night.

[PHOTOS: Man shot to death sitting in car in Salisbury]

Police said Wednesday that they were able to find Terry Eugene Watson Jr., 20, in Lexington and take him into custody in connection with the murder.

(Terry Eugene Watson Jr.)

Officers were called just before midnight on Monday to the Laurel Pointe Apartments on Laurel Pointe Circle in reference to shots being fired. A witness told police that an injured person was loaded into a vehicle, which then sped off.

A short time later, that victim was dropped off at Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center, where he later died from a gunshot wound.

Detectives have identified him as 20-year-old Isaiah Gillespie, of Kannapolis.

Officers told Channel 9 that Gillespie was in a car full of people at the apartment complex when someone walked up to the vehicle and shot him.

Channel 9 spoke with Gillespie's uncle, who said his nephew was shot at point-blank range. Friends and family at the scene said the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute over a girl.

"I hope he (the shooter) gets justice within himself because something, somewhere that went wrong triggered everything that happened tonight,” Gillespie’s uncle said. “I feel like he can be helped just as well as the family."

Salisbury police, along with the State Bureau of Investigation, are investigating the case.

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This is the second homicide in the city since Friday night, when Dashawn Clark was shot and collapsed near the Taco Bell on East Innes Street. He later died at the hospital.

Officials said Watson has outstanding warrants for murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault on a female.

Anyone with information on Watson's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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