Update to two arrested following shots fired call during protest
One suspect shot near protestors at Fame statue, one arrested for concealed carry
As a follow up to the arrest of two people on Sunday, May 31, at a protest on Church and Innes Streets -- Jeffrey Allan Long, 49, white male, of Kernersville, and Brandon M. Walker, 34, black male, of Salisbury, were arrested during the incident. Long has been charged with Discharging of a Firearm in the City, Carry with a Concealed Weapon, and Carry a Weapon at a Parade. Walker has been charged with Carry with a Concealed Weapon.
Sunday afternoon, Salisbury Police officers were stationed one block away the protests near the Fame statue on Innes Street. Two separate groups were allowed to gather in downtown Salisbury when the shots were fired.
At 7 p.m., officers witnessed Long pull a handgun from his waistband and fire two rounds into the air from a 9mm semiautomatic pistol. He put the gun back in his waistband and walked away towards the 100 block of Church Street, followed by protestors. Officers took Long into custody as he made his way back to the intersection, recovering a second handgun from an ankle holster.
At the same time of Long’s arrest, Walker was identified to police as a person also involved in the altercation, but who had not discharged a firearm. As police approached Walker in the 100 block of S. Church Street to take his statement, he hid behind a car and placed a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun under the car. He and his companions were detained until Walker was arrested and his companions released.
Long was released after posting a $2,000 bond, and Walker was released on a written promise to appear.