Eagle Springs Man Faces First Degree Murder Charge
An Eagle Springs man is facing a first degree murder charge in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of an individual, according to Moore County Sheriff's officials.
The incident occurred on Community Road.
Gregory Cooper, 51, of the 100 block of Eagle Crest Road, is charged also charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Moore County Sheriff's deputies received a call at 7:23 p.m. Tuesday of a shooting that occurred off Community Road in the Eagle Springs area of Moore County, according to a release from the Sheriff's office.
When deputies arrived at the scene they located the victim Ajul Opata Cole a 32 year old male who resides off Hwy 705 in the Eagle Springs area. Emergency Medical Personnel arrived shortly after Deputies and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Investigators arrived on the scene and interviewed witnesses, they advised a black male who also resides in the community approached the victim with a weapon. A short verbal altercation took place and the black male shot the victim and then attempted to shoot another man, identified as Eric Powell, 24, who resides off Bensalem Church Road, Eagle Springs, but the gun failed to fire, sheriff's officials said.
Shortly after the shooting deputies and investigators arrested Cooper.
He was placed in the Moore County Detention Center under no bond with his first court appearance scheduled for Aug. 6, 2012 in Moore County District Court in Carthage.
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