Gastonia Police are investigating two shooting incidents in the Highland Community. The most recent happened early Monday afternoon and sent two young men to the hospital. 19-year-old Deionte Sparkman, who was found by First Responders lying injured in the street, later died. The other victim, who was driven to the hospital by a friend, had non-life threatening injuries. Police had not provided the identity of that 19-year-old Monday night.
Another shooting happened Friday night in the same neighborhood. Two teens and a young man were injured in that incident.
Few details had been released by Monday night. Police were unable to say whether they believe the two incidents are related.