BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Authorities in Burke County have arrested a man in connection with a Wednesday evening shooting.
According to the Burke Count Sheriff's Office, deputies received multiple tips in connection with the whereabouts of David Arrex Burleson. Just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies located Burleson at a home on Hawkins Drive in Morganton. Investigators said Burleson ran into the woods before he stopped and was taken into custody. During the arrest, officers noticed a powdery substance in Burleson's mouth. He was taken to a Morganton hospital for evaluation of possible ingestion of controlled substances, according to police.
Burleson is accused of shooting 51-year-old Scotty Everette Vess. Burleson was charged with assault wiht a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Vess is expected to recover, according to police.