Suspect arrested in connection to shooting death of 2 motorcyclists in Rockingham County

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon following the shooting death of two motorcyclists on Monday, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Martin Calvin Cox Jr.
Martin Calvin Cox Jr.

Martin Calvin Cox Jr., 41, of Rockingham County, was spotted while driving north on Interstate 65 through Shepherdsville, Kentucky, by Kentucky State Police.

He was stopped and arrested.

Cox has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

The truck the suspect was driving was seized.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, Rockingham County deputies say the driver of a red Dodge Dually pickup truck with a fifth wheel attachment shot three people in the middle of the U.S. 29 bypass.

Two of the victims died. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page says he believes the shooting was targeted.

Page says the truck was last seen as it was driving away from the scene. It was heading north toward Danville, Virginia.

While deputies investigated, the highway was shut down for about six hours.

Suspect vehicle in Rockingham County shooting
Suspect vehicle in Rockingham County shooting

Investigators say the driver of the red Dodge pickup truck fired at two motorcycles carrying three riders.

When people nearby heard the gunfire, they called 911.

One of the motorcyclists died at the scene. Another died at the hospital. A third was injured, but we have received no word on their condition.

Anyone with any information about these shootings is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3232 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 336-349-9683.

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