Larry Lamar Cruse Found Shot to Death inside a Car Near N. MLK, Jr. Avenue and E. Council Street Saturday Morning in Salisbury

Posted on May 14, 2016



RFP Staff

♦ At around 3:39 a.m. Saturday Salisbury Police responded to a 911 dispatch reporting shots heard in the vicinity of N. MLK, Jr. Avenue and East Council Street.  It did not take arriving officers long to find a 2006 Chevvy smashed through in a wood fence by a side yard of a home on the 200 block N. MLK, Jr. Avenue.  Inside the car was the body of Larry Lamar Cruse, 27, of Salisbury who expired from multiple gunshot wounds.

Within minutes police vehicles began filling up the area and two parallel yellow crime scene tapes stretched across a front yard to the other side of the Street.  Investigators spoke with neighbors about what they might’ve seen and heard here in the early morning hours.

All indications are that this was a car-to-car gun battle where the pursuing vehicle won the fight and took off. Broken glass all along the 700 block of East Council showed where the mobile gunfight took place.

Neena Morgan, in her home in the early a.m., heard a rapid series of gunshots and the loud impact when the Chevvy slammed into the fence. She told us there were all kinds of markers and small flags along the 700 block of East Council street this morning marking cartridge casings. Sources indicate approximately 10 spent cartridges were recovered.

Neena Morgan’s husband Paul Wade Morgan said he lived in the house next door for 37 years and his family owned the home since 1911. He said this was the first killing ever at that corner. His wife Neena Morgan recounted asking an unidentified SPD officer this morning if they should move and was told not to do so. This sort of thing was happening all over Salisbury.

At this time no motives or suspects have been developed in a shooting occurring on a weekend marred by gun violence.

If anyone has any information regarding this shooting they are urged to call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

**This article will be continuously updated as more information arrives.**

The Late Larry Lamar Cruse:

Fence obliterated by 2006 Chevvy:

Concrete post uprooted by 2006 Chevvy impact:

700 W. Council Street where shooting took place:

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