Two suspects have been charged in the shooting death of a man found dead in a vehicle in southwestern Catawba County, as well as the attempted murder of a passenger who was also wounded.
The deceased, identified as Aaron Ruff, was found behind the wheel of a Ford Escape that had crashed into a utility pole in the 5000 block of Hope Road late Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
Another occupant of the vehicle, Gerald Jeremiah Frederick, had a gunshot wound to the neck. Details on his condition were not immediately available.
Deputies said two suspects in the case had fled, but were later located and arrested by deputies and Hickory Police.
Quavis Shamar Propst, 22, of southwestern Catawba County, has been charged with murder and attempted first degree murder.
Calvin O’Bryan Fuller, 24, of Hickory faces the same charges.
Deputies indicated further charges are pending. Both suspects are being held without bond in the Catawba County Detention Center.
Catawba County Sheriff’s Capt. Joel Fish told the Times-News on Thursday that investigators believe the suspects had known the victims for some time. Capt. Fish preferred not to speculate about a motive for the shooting, but did say the crime does not appear to be drug-related.