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6/8/2022 5:26:00 PM
Two People Charged After Shots Were Fired Into Residence
(L-R) Erik Ivan Rodriguez and Leonardo SotoPhotos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
(L-R) Erik Ivan Rodriguez and
Leonardo Soto

Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged two people after shots were fired into a Denver residence.

On June 7, 2022 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a physical disturbance call at 4055 Denver Shores Road where shots were fired into a mobile home. Detective F. Runyon was dispatched to assume the investigation and learned that Erik Ivan Rodriguez, 23, of English Oak Drive, Lincolnton had been at the residence and got into an altercation with Leonardo Soto, 24, of Stegall Street, Charlotte.

When officers arrived on the scene they discovered two women in the residence and Soto was found hiding in a bedroom closet with injuries to his hand and head from being stabbed with a knife by Rodriguez. Before Rodriguez, who was known by the victims, fled the scene he fired nine shots from an AK-47 rifle, three of the shots struck the residence. No one was injured by the gunfire and Soto was treated at the scene by Lincoln County EMS.

Later in the day on June 7, 2022 Detective Runyon received information that Rodriguez and his girlfriend were at his mother’s home on English Oak Drive. Officers responded to the residence and Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident. A search warrant was also executed at the residence on English Oak Drive and detectives recovered the knife used in the assault as well as narcotics and the vehicle Rodriguez was driving. Erik Rodriguez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and shooting into an occupied dwelling. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. During a first appearance on June 8, 2022, Rodriguez bond was changed to a no bond hold based on his violent history. Rodriguez will also receive additional drug related charges as well as three counts of attempted murder.

During the investigation detectives learned that Leonardo Soto was a convicted felon and wan in the possession of a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. Soto will be facing additional charged at the conclusion of the investigation.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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