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More information in the shooting at Senator RC Soles home



A lone Columbus County Sheriff’s deputy blocked the private road leading to RC Soles’s home outside Tabor City Sunday night. A quarter-mile or so up the private road other deputies and SBI agents looked into a shooting at the senator’s home.

Sources tell WWAY Soles shot 22-year-old Thomas Kyle Blackburn in the leg when Blackburn and BJ Wright allegedly tried to break down the senator’s door around 5:20 Sunday afternoon. Both Blackburn and Wright, we are told, are legal clients of the senator.

Investigators finally left the scene around 10:30 Sunday night without saying anything to the media except to tell us that if we tried to go up this private drive that leads to the senator’s house, we could face trespassing charges.

Blackburn was taken to Loris Hospital in South Carolina for treatment. Law enforcement sources tell WWAY, the decision on whether to charge Soles with a crime will be left up to district attorney Rex Gore.

As of Sunday night, Blackburn was listed in fair condition, but the hospital would not release any information on him as of Monday morning. He got out of jail in June after serving a year and seven months for felony breaking and entering.

BJ Wright, as we reported a couple of weeks ago, received $8,000 from Senator Soles while serving time in prison, according to prison documents we obtained.

We will continue to follow this story Monday and bring you any new developments.

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A new investigation of State Senator RC Soles is underway after a shooting Sunday at his home. Investigators say a young man wound up in the hospital after the senator pulled the trigger.

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