Politics & Government

N.C. State Sen. Soles allegedly shoots intruder at home

RALEIGH — State Sen. R.C. Soles apparently shot one of two would-be intruders at his home just outside Tabor City, N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician's home county said.

The victim, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties.

The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff's Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested, declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening.

"I am not in a position to talk to you," Soles, 74, said by telephone. "I'm right in the middle of an investigation."

Soles, a top-ranking Democrat and the longest-serving member of the legislature, already was the subject of an SBI investigation over a sexual misconduct allegation — later recanted — by a former client.

Blackburn was accompanied by another man, B.J. Wright, a former client of Soles, who is a lawyer.

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