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More details emerge on Martinsville New Year's deadly shooting

Updated: Jan 8, 2019


MARTINSVILLE – Tuesday, the Martinsville Police Department responded to 313 Clift Street for shots being fired. Arriving officers found 24-year-old Eden, North Carolina resident Rasheem Oshea Hairston dead at the scene. Court documents released Wednesday say Hairston was hit by a barrage of gunfire. Police were later called to SOVAH Health in Martinsville for a second person with gunshot wounds. Devontae Lee Massey had also been shot on Clift Street. Massey’s wounds were non-life threatening and he was later transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Police say a New Year’s party was going on at the Clift Street home when the two men got into an argument. Court documents report that according to witnesses, Massey who “had an obvious problem with Hairston” became agitated.

At about 1:20 AM, Massey fired his gun from the street into the house. This led to an exchange in gunfire. Investigators say Massey fired shots, but they weren't sure if Hairston shot Massey. Police don’t know what the argument that led to the shooting was about.

Massey, 23 of Martinsville, is charged with:

  • second degree murder

  • use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • reckless handling of a firearm

  • discharging a firearm in the city

Massey’s next court hearing has been set for March 22. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Martinsville Police.


TUESDAY UPDATE

MARTINSVILLE – Tuesday at 1:20 AM, the Martinsville Police Department responded to 313 Clift Street in reference to shots being fired. Arriving officers found Rasheem Oshea Hairston dead at the scene. Hairston was 24 years old and was a resident of Eden, North Carolina.

After officers arrived on Clift Street, they were called to the hospital for a second person with gunshot wounds. Devontae Lee Massey had also been shot at the same incident on Clift Street. Massey’s wounds were non-life threatening.

Arrest warrants have been obtained for Devontae Massey, 23 of Martinsville. Massey is charged with:

  • second degree murder

  • use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

  • reckless handling of a firearm

  • discharging a firearm in the city

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact Sergeant Richard Ratcliffe at 276-403- 5331 or Lieutenant Sandy Hines at 276-403-5328.

Those with information can also call the Crime Stoppers line at 276-63-CRIME. Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tip line and callers with information leading to the arrest and conviction could be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward.


ORIGINAL STORY

The Martinsville Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting. An unidentified male received a gunshot to the head Tuesday around 1:20 AM. According to witnesses and neighbors, the male was killed by the gunshot wound on scene. The shooting occured at the 300 block of Clift Street in Martinsville.

Henry County Sheriff‘s Office and Martinsville Fire and EMS also responsed.

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