ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – Two men are dead after a confrontation in Rowan County Saturday night, with one side claiming they were shot at while driving away from the confrontation, and the other claiming self-defense.
No one has been arrested, and sheriff's investigators said Sunday it would be up to the District Attorney to decide if charges are filed.
Daniel Carton Redman, 21, and his cousin William Thomas Redman, 20, died in the shooting.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said they were shot at a home at 1025 Mountain Road in Cleveland just after 10 p.m. Deputies found them when they responded to a call for help a few miles away, on Hildebrand Road in Salisbury, around 10:25 p.m.
The confrontation resulted from an ongoing dispute, said both parties involved.
Two men who were with the Redmans said they got a text to go to the home on Mountain Road to iron out the dispute, which several parties said was about a dog.
The men, who are roommates, along with the Redmans and a 17-year-old, got in a truck and visited the house. They said they were confronted by another group.
The driver of the truck said when they drove up to the house, they were told to leave. He said he was backing out of the driveway and pulling away when someone shot several times at the back of the truck, striking and killing Daniel and William Redman.
The driver, who asked not to be named, drove to his roommate's father's house on Hildebrand Road, where the father called 911.
Emergency responders found the two men dead in the truck.
A family member at the house on Mountain Road claims someone in the truck fired first, and the alleged shooter fired back in self-defense. The family member, who asked not to be named, said the shooter was also shot in the hand.
The driver of the truck said the only gun in the truck was a shotgun under the seat, which he said he turned over to police as evidence.
Sunday, friends of the Redmans drove past the house on Mountain Road, where the residents said the atmosphere was very tense.
William Redman's mother stopped by, and tearfully asked why anyone would shoot her son.
"How will I explain this to his little brother?" she cried.
Investigators said they would forward all of their information and evidence to District Attorney Brandy Cook to determine what charges, if any, could be filed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.