Suspect Surrenders In La Grange Double Shooting

The man wanted for shooting two people this past weekend is now behind bars.

Robert Smith surrendered himself to Lenoir County deputies Wednesday afternoon.

Smith is accused of shooting Anthony Dawson and Michael Haynie around midnight Friday night at a home on North Hadden Street in La Grange. Deputies say both men were hit with a shotgun blast at close range and their conditions have improved to stable.

Smith is in jail on a $1,000,000 bond.


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Lawmen in Lenoir County are looking for a man they say shot two people over the weekend.

Robert Smith, who deputies say goes by the street name as "Hotfoot", is wanted for two counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The shooting happened around midnight Friday night at a home on North Hadden Street in La Grange. Deputies say both men were hit with a shotgun blast at close range and their conditions have improved to fair.

Investigators believe the 67-year-old Smith may be traveling towards Wilmington where he previously lived.

If you have information on Smith, please contact the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office at 252-559-6100 or Lenoir County Crimestoppers at 252-523-4444.


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  • by REAL TALK Location: WAYNE CO on May 13, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    This shooting was flat out stupid because they are children for one and for two one of the victims had NOTHING to do with the incident that occured that lead to this shooting. If it were your child, and neither are mine, you would feel the way that I do. I'd rather have my child behind bars than dead and this man shot these kids with a freak'n SHOTGUN. Was a robbery and noone getting hurt worth you losing your freedom over? H*** naw, not to me! That's what the police is for...use them!!! Those kids almost lost their lives and if it were my child I'd want it to be more! If it weren't your family that did the crime you'd agree. Then shooting an innocent kid...come on now...he didn't know enough about the robbery to retaliate with this type of conduct or else he would have known one of the victims wasn't there and knew NOTHING about what had previously happened.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: N.C. on May 7, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    One Million Dollars, now that's ridiculous!!!!! I admit running away from a crime may require a tough penalty, but a million dollars!?? Doresa, I can't imagine what you are going through right now, however, I do know that your dad did what any man would probably do to protect his family. The question still remains, "all you so call witnesses, where were you when it came time to tell why your dad reacted in this manner. These men robbed and shot up the home of his family members"...And who's to say they wouldn't do it again...I know taking the law into your own hands is not right, but do we really think the law will take care of the real criminals...If they did then these men would be in jail instead of the hospital.
  • by Doresa Location: Kernersville, NC on May 7, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    It looks like Anon has more info than I do about the facts of this case. Why haven't the news reported any robbery and shooting at my grandmothers house with my father, uncle, and friends in the home. To date no charges have been filed on anyone other than my dad. On another note, the bond is outrageous. I know of much lower bonds for crimes more serious.
  • by N/A Location: North Carolina on May 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    It a shame we can't walk or live in our homes along the neghboirhood without wondering what's gonna happen next!May all victims overcome this tragic and be bless!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: N.C. on May 6, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    Anon, Let's pray for your friend as well as Mr. Smith. These are trouble times and prayer is definitely needed. Crimes like this is on the rise. So many lives are taken because of another's selfishness. Most of these victims are our young adults. If this energy was used to educate or mentor to our children, we would be a great nation. But until something positive happens this is gonna be a war zone. PRAYER IS THE ONE OF THE BEST SOLUTIONS!!!!
  • by Anon on May 5, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Concerned Citizen, point taken. Honestly I probably would have reacted the same way as Mr. Smith I'm just a little worried about a hurt friend I guess. But, putting that part aside I say that I agree with you the boys who robbed him were absolutely wrong...and if someone did that to me with my children in the house I would probably be on a hunt to do harm to the people. So I completely understand now taking the time to look at it for what it's worth. I wish all the best in this case.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: N.C. on May 5, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    Anon, I understand your point, the fact still remains that a angry man does not and is not basically able to think rationally. I pray that your friend recovers physically as well as mentally from this ordeal. As for the individuals that were really involved in the shooting other than Mr. Smith, well maybe, just maybe this is a lesson learned. These are hard times and no one wants to work hard to get the things they need and want just to have someone come in and take it away from them. Now a days, "this just AINT gonna happen". Someone will almost always get hurt or killed in the process. SAD BUT TRUE
  • by Anon on May 5, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    It would have been one thing if he shot the actual guys who robbed the house in his home. However he didn't he went looking for them and still ended up shooting one guy who had nothing to do with that situation. It's a sad situation and if he'd shot them in his house that's one thing but, to go looking for them is another; to me this shows that what he did was premeditated and his intentions were to kill them. This is a sad situation and I hope my INNOCENT FRIEND get's better real soon to the other guy well he should take this as a lesson learned and give up on robbing ppl for quick money. Just my thoughts
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: N.C. on May 5, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    I realize that the tactics this man used were not legally correct, but what would most of us do if this happened to us. I for one don't know what I would do. However,when you are not only angry, but afraid as well there's no telling what you might do. Anger is a powerful feeling that prevents a person from thinking rationally. It's a shame this man is on the run for protecting his family. Just think, he had no intentions of hurting anyone and then these men invaded his home with his mother there. If this man is 67, it's obvious that his mother is much older and is unable to protect herself or anyone else for that matter. These guys could be on the streets right now planning their next victims, which could very well be your family. Now ask yourself WHAT WOULD YOU DO!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    These young wannabe thugs gon get enough of running up in someone's house, get a job quit trying to rob ppl. Im gonna protect my family by any means necessary, he probably felt the same way.
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