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Rowan man shot in confrontation at house

A confrontation outside a house early Wednesday near Salisbury left one man seriously injured and another home facing assault charges, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say James Calvin Scott, 68, who lives in the 1100 block of Zebulon Lane, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Meanwhile, Jarrett Leonard is hospitalized with shotgun pellet wounds to his upper body and face.

Deputies say they were called about 12:15 a.m. to a residence on Ashford Circle, southeast of Salisbury, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The resident said the shooting victim had come to his home and asked for help.

Investigators say the victim, identified as Leonard, allegedly had gone to Scott’s residence and begun beating on the side of the home. Scott said he told Leonard several times to leave, but Leonard refused to go.

Scott said he grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and went outside, confronting Leonard. Scott told deputies Leonard moved toward him, so he fired.

Leonard was taken to a Salisbury hospital, where authorities were able to treat a collapsed lung, but he was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for additional treatment.

Scott was jailed under $4,000 bond.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107. Twitter: @slyttle
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