COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Information in Sunday’s shooting at the home of State Sen. R.C. Soles is hard to come by.
Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Blackburn was shot in the leg by Soles. The incident is still under investigation by the SBI.
Repeated calls to the Attorney General’s office were not returned. Columbus County District Attorney Rex Gore’s secretary told us Gore does not expect to file any charges this week.
Both parties involved in the incident have retained lawyers, who are following law enforcement’s lead and staying tight-lipped. Our calls to Sen. Soles’ office for comment were referred to his attorney Joe Cheshire. Cheshire is a high-profile lawyer based in Raleigh. He’s dealt with cases like the Duke Lacrosse rape charges a few years ago. He represented Soles in the ColCor vote-buying investigation in the 1980s.
Cheshire was quoted by at least one other media outlet Monday, but after repeated calls, his secretary told WWAY he would not be commenting on the incident. Cheshire told the Wilmington StarNews the Senator fired two shots – one warning shot, and a second that hit Kyle Blackburn.
Cheshire described Soles as "enormously frightened" during the ordeal. Despite an extensive surveillance system, Cheshire said Blackburn was not in view of cameras.
Blackburn is a legal client of the Senator. He was released from Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina Monday afternoon. He is now represented by Whiteville attorney Scott Dorman. After repeated calls and a visit to his office, Dorman told WWAY he had "no comment."
Despite the shooting, court documents show Sen. Soles is still scheduled to represented Blackburn in several court appearances late next month.
Monday Kyle Blackburn told WWAY’s Joe Mauceri Soles opened the door holding a shotgun and shot him as he was walking away. Soles’s attorney referred to the weapon as a pistol. Law enforcement would not confirm either account.
Despite other trespassing complaints against his clients, this is the first time Sen. Soles has fired a gun.