Former Moore County Public Schools employee charged in Southern Pines shooting

RALEIGH — On June 2, a former Moore County Public Schools employee was arrested by Southern Pines police related to a shooting near the 400 block of West Connecticut Avenue. 

The victim, a male in his 40s, was not named, but was airlifted to a trauma center

According to police reports, 46-year-old Keith Edward Parker was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Law enforcement officials indicated more charges may be added. Records indicate Parker was issued a $50,000 bond, which he posted on same day as his arrest and was released.

Moore County Public Schools Communications Director Catherine Nagy said in an email to North State Journal that “This person has not been employed with Moore County Schools since December 2017.”

Parker’s LinkedIn profile says he was a “Social work intern at Moore County Schools.”

“The investigation has determined this incident is not a random act of violence, and the shooting is a domestic related incident, where the male victim and male suspect are related,” Southern Pines Police Deputy Chief Charles Campbell in a press statement. 

Campbell also said deputies from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case and the agencies executed a search warrant at an address in Cameron where Parker was arrested. The search produced a “stolen .45 caliber handgun” that “is believed to be the weapon used in the assault,” according to Campbell’s statement.

By A.P. Dillon

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