Man Shot During Robbery Dies
A 78-year-old man shot while trying to defend his wife in an attempted armed robbery at a Lakeview convenience store died Friday.
Angus "Gene" Kelly, 78, had been at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill since the incident June 28.
Kelly was shot in the chest during an exchange of gunfire with the suspects in the attempted armed robbery at the Exxon Short Stop and Food Mart on U.S. 1 near Lakeview. Kelly was there to pick up his wife, Grace Kelly, who worked at the store. She was struck in the arm, and one of the suspects was hit in the face.
Capt. Richard Talbert, of the Moore County Sheriff's Office, said it was his understanding that the charge of murder against all four suspects would be brought before a grand jury on Monday.
Four suspects - Randy Joel Williams, 17, Paris Yusef Mack, 17, Leroy Richard Medley Jr., 20, all of Southern Pines, and Demarcus James Dennison, 18, of Polkton - have each been charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and first-degree kidnapping.
Mark Metcalf, a family friend, called Gene Kelly a "fixture in the community," and said his death was a great loss personally and for the community.
"He was one of those guys in a (Norman) Rockwell painting, who are slowly fading away," Metcalf said. "This community is stunned right now, but you will see that it will pull together and Gracie will get through this. We'll make sure of that."
A fund for the family has been set up through the First Baptist Church of Vass. Contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 457, Vass, NC 28394.
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