Police search for suspect in Salisbury fatal shooting

- UPDATE: Police have obtained warrants for Joseph William Whitmire, 24. He is also known by the name Joey Portis.

His last known address was 215 Kress Venture Rd. in China Grove. He is wanted for murder and robbery.

Anyone with information on the location of Joseph Whitmire is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.


The Salisbury Police Department is investigating after a man was found dead in the yard of a Salisbury home Monday morning with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police responded to a home located on S. Link Avenue around 10:40 a.m. Monday, July 31 in reference to a man unconscious in the yard.  

When officers arrived they found Shawn Alexander Spry, 21, of Salisbury, deceased from an apparent gunshot. Spry did not live on Link Ave., police said. 

Detectives are actively working this homicide case. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting. 

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5345. 

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