Updated: Video of George Dickens Jr. singing in Pinetops in May 2014. I had posted yesterday that I was going to repost this video. No I was not at the scene, actually I was not in town when the tragedy occurred. I also updated link at See Related 4th person dies.
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Earlier today I posted the following on my Facebook Page, “Damn on my way to Clinton to Basketball game, called my niece in Goldsboro as I was passing through and she told me George Dickens Jr. had been shot. Called my sister and she confirmed he had been shot.”
At this time I didn’t know that it was that serious until I got text messages and more phone calls about the situation. Everyone was saying they were contacting me because they know I post the facts unless I otherwise state that I am going on rumor. However I may sometimes act as if I don’t know something to see what others may post. But when it comes to something this serious as a shooting, I wait on facts from reliable resources. Folks will contact me so that I can get the facts out to help to attempt to shut down the rumor mill.
After I talked to my niece, I received several calls, texts and messages in my inbox. I had to stop so I could see what was going on. The game didn’t begin until 5 PM but my son and my adopted son whom were classmates with George’s son, we had stopped by the school to talk to the coach and then we left out in front of them around 12:35.
What I did not share earlier was when I called my sister she was crying and all tore up because my brother in law was in the barber shop when the suspect came in and shot George. My brother in law was at the police station at the time I was talking to my sister.
I was reading all kinds of stuff on Facebook about what had happened and I posted, “I am waiting on concrete information before I post more. I have heard several stories but not saying anymore right now.” I also posted 2 comments later, “I do know someone that was in the shop when it happened but I haven’t talked to him yet.” The person that was in the shop I was referring to was my brother in law.
Later I posted the following: Breaking News! George Dickens Jr was shot in his barber shop around noon today and he died enroute to the hospital. The suspect Ian Sherrod then left the scene and shot 2 Hispanic neighbors a male and female couple. The female died and it appears that the male is not going to make it. The suspect Sherrod was later killed by law enforcement.
What another sad day in Edgecombe County.
Reporting from Clinton NC.
This morning I had taken my son and my dad to get their hair cut and I went to BoJangles and was on my laptop. A friend came in and we were talking and another friend came in and the first friend asked the 2nd friend did she know me. She said yes, I tell my husband all the time she goes to my page to get the truth.
I was receiving calls, texts and inboxes folks were contacting me to see what the truth was. I said to them it was ironic a lady just said this morning she goes to my social media sites to get the truth. Folks I try to report the truth.
Sources say Sherrod and Dickens used to work in the same barber shop but both men had their own shops. Obviously this must have been a friendship gone bad.
I know Dickens well but I don’t know if I know Sherrod however I knew his mother.
My condolences goes out to all of the family members whom were involved today in the tragic shootings.
Again another sad day in Edgecombe County.
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UPDATE: 4th person dies in Tarboro shootings – Update
Three killed, one injured in series of shootings in Tarboro