Man charged after Saturday night shooting in Gaston Co.

- One person is dead after a shooting occurred in Gastonia late Saturday night.

Gaston County police have charged Tom Jones Deason, 72, with one count of second degree murder after they say he shot and killed Rodney Smith, 43, around 11 p.m. at 152 Haywood Terrace.

Police say an altercation had taken place between Deason and Smith who has not yet been identified. Two witnesses were inside the residence at the time of the shooting.

EMS transported Smith to Caromont Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officials say Deason is being held at the Gaston County jail without bond.

Anyone with more information regarding the shooting is asked to call 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.

We'll continue to provide updates as this story unfolds.



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