Salisbury: The Alleged “Brick Street Blaster” Andrew Canup Arrested Friday A.M. for Alleged Witness Tampering

Posted on September 2, 2016

RFP Staff

♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Andrew Richard Canup, 62, the alleged “Brick Street Blaster” said to fire a sawed off shotgun at a crowd of bystanders gathered by the Firehouse Brew Pit near Brick and Lee Streets last January, was arrested early Friday morning at Nashville Nights on 127 East Innes where he was known to frequent. On Thursday Canup was alleged to have stopped by the home of a witness on the 800 block of S. Jackson Street and hollered: “See you in court if you last that long.” Canup’s alleged threat was said to have been recorded on an audio device. Bad luck and trouble.

Friday Canup was charged with intimidating or interfering with witnesses (felony) and assault inflicting serious injury (misdemeanor). Under a secured $6,0000 bond, Canup is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.

From a RFP article on January 29th 2016: “Man Allegedly Blasts Sawed Off Shotgun from a Truck Driving by the Firehouse Brew Pit in Salisbury N.C. Arrested on Long Street”:

Several gentlemen hanging outside Firehouse Brew Pit on Lee Street at 3 a.m. Friday were startled when red pick-up truck rolled by and the driver allegedly fired a blast from the window. A “what the H kinda moment” when your ears stop ringing. No real surprise in Salisbury where a window gets shot out in Waffle House and the bullet mysteriously disappears from the premises.

A Salisbury Policeman responded quickly to the call to the corner of East Fisher and Lee Streets and adroitly turned his vehicle around before catching the red pick-up truck at Monroe and Long Street where it pulled over. The driver Andrew Richard Canup, 62, of the 600 block of Rowan Mill Road in the Salisbury area at first allegedly denied having a firearm, would not provide his name, and would not allow officers to search his truck. One of the officers on the scene noted a sawed off shotgun partially hidden beneath a blanket. Officers also located a rifle on the backseat floorboard. The hammer was cocked.

Both firearms showed signs of recently being fired.

Canup was handcuffed and loaded into the rear of the patrol car. He was charged with weapon-illegal discharge (misdemeanor) and possession/manufacture of a weapon of mass destruction (felony).

The city forbids firing a weapon within the city limits and a shotgun becomes sawed off and a “weapon of mass destruction” when it is less than 16 inches in length. Canup’s alleged shotgun was 13 5/8 inches in length.

Canup provided no reason for allegedly discharging the shotgun. No one was reported injured in the area.

It was unknown at this time if Canup had any immediate plans for dining at the Waffle House on East Innes.

Andrew Canup’s Previous Record:

The Firehouse Brew Pit:

**This article will be updated as more information becomes available.**

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