It was a relatively quiet on a Sunday evening at Firehouse No. 8 on Mississippi Boulevard August 30 when shots rang out and moments later a man stumbled to the station before collapsing to the pavement. He was bleeding from gunshot wounds.
Police soon responded to 589 Mississippi Blvd. where two more injured victims were found. The three men had been shot in front of Salem’s Market. They were transported to Regional One hospital in critical condition. All three survived the shooting.
Police investigators were able to develop a suspect quickly. The man was positively identified as Curtis Rollins. Rollins had fled the scene of the shooting.
Three days later an arrest warrant was issued for Rollins for three counts of attempted first degree murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of the crime and for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. A “be on the lookout” alert was issued.
Later that same day a citizen contacted CrimeStoppers. The tipster knew about the warrant and knew where Rollins was hiding. Officers rushed to 528 Ratliff Street, not far from the scene of the crime, and arrested Rollins.
A bond of half a million dollars was placed on the individual who had a history of aggravated assault, use of a firearm in a felony and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He is jailed while awaiting trial.
The incident was one of six cases of attempted murder involving 10 shooting victims that were solved with the help of the public and for which awards were approved by CrimeStoppers in early September.