Report: Man shot at Sen. Soles' house

STAFF WRITERAugust 23, 2009 

State Sen. R.C. Soles apparently shot a would-be intruder at his home just outside Tabor City around 5 this evening, an official said.

The victim, Kyle Blackburn, was transported 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.

Blackburn was accompanied by another man, B.J. Wright, a former client of Soles, who is a lawyer. Wright was released from prison earlier this month after serving time for probation violation, Gore said.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting along with the Columbus County Sheriff's Department. The SBI already was looking into allegations by another former Soles' client that Soles fondled the man 12 years ago. The man, 27-year-old Stacey Scott, recanted the allegation last week, just days after it was broadcast on a television news report.

The SBI also is looking into an apparent arson case in which the small home of another of Soles' clients was burned last month. Soles, 74, is a ranking Democrat and the longest-serving current member of the legislature.

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