Case of a man who was killed in a drive-by with many witnesses in 2017 still unsolved - Rocky Mount

On December 18, 2017 at approximately 1755 hours, Rocky Mount Police personnel were dispatched to the Nash General Hospital Emergency Department for a man who had been shot. Mr. Jahmel Dales had been brought to the Emergency Department by private vehicle by several people. After removing him from the car, the people left the hospital.


Despite aggressive attempts, Mr. Dales could not be resuscitated.


According to reports, Mr. Dales was in a group of people standing in a driveway at 1136 Niblick Dr. in Rocky Mount when a vehicle drove by and shots were exchanged between the occupants of the vehicle and Mr. Dales. Although police advised that Mr. Dales had a history of gang participation he was not the intended target in the shooting.

Reports stated that Dales was exchanging gunfire with the occupants of the vehicles, however, Dales was shot in the back. As stated below by the Medical Examiner:


Penetrating gunshot wound of the chest:

A. Entrance: Lateral left chest. No soot or powder tattooing.

B. Injuries:

1. Skin, subcutaneous and muscle tissues of the lateral left back.

2. Left lateral 5th-6th intercostal space.

3. Left upper lung lobe.

4. Left lung hilum and left pulmonary artery.

5. Main pulmonary artery.

6. Posterior ascending thoracic aorta.

7. Right upper lung lobe.

8. Right anterior 1st-2nd intercostal space.

9. Bilateral hemothoraces:

a. Left: 1,000 milliliters.

b. Right: 800 milliliters.

10. Hemopericardium (50 milliliters).

C. Exit: None.

D. Recovery: One small-caliber projectile.

E. Direction: Back to front, left to right and slightly upward.


With the busy area where the shooting took place and the several witnesses on scene no one wanted to talk or speak up to get justice for Mr. Dales family.


An autopsy was ordered to investigate his death.


Significant autopsy findings included a penetrating gunshot wound of the chest.

Toxicology was negative for alcohol.

Given the investigative, autopsy and toxicological findings, the medical examiner ruled that Mr. Jahmel Dales' cause of death was due to a penetrating gunshot wound of the chest.


At this time we do no thave a photo of Mr. Dales.


If you have any information on the death of Mr. Dales contact Fighting Crime at 252-406-6736


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